I have been a System Engineer for over 30 yrs and have gone from tubes to ICs during my time in the Aero Space industry.
Tubes were virtually immune to ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) and could be handled just about any way we wanted to. But when it comes to ICs, ESD can damage or destroy an IC in an instant.
Many of the boards offered for sale in kits by DIY Drones contain static sensitive parts/components that can be damaged even when attached to their respective circuit boards.
Therefore it is extremely important for all of you who have built or intend to build DIY Drone kits to exercise basic ESD handling procedures:
1) Buy a static safe pad/mat and attach it to the closest earth ground that you have access to. This will help to prevent static discharge from destroying the static sensitive parts on the DIY Drone boards.
2) Buy a metal wrist strap and attach it to the static safe pad to insure that you are at the same potential as the work pad so that you can pick up a static sensitive board and not risk destroying it with a static charge on your body.
3) Keep all of your completed boards in static safe packaging. Try to minimize board contact with the foam in the foam aircraft.
4) Buy a temperature controlled solder iron with a grounded tip.
If you follow these simple tips concerning ESD and your static sensitive circuit boards, you will most likely have a project that works the first time and will not suffer a latent defect while your plane is high in the sky!
Just a thought.