DISCLAIMER AND WARNING – This product is NOT a toy and is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Adults should keep the Aero Hawk i4 out of the reach of children and exercise caution when operating this aircraft in the presence of children. It is highly recommended that any pilot using this product have a Small Unmanned Aircraft System- Remote Pilot Airman Certificate.

This product is a Aero Hawk product that offers easy to use AeroHawk_logo_350x200flight when in good working order as set forth below. Visit http://www.Aero-hawk.com for the most current instructions and warnings and http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/ for more information about flight safety and compliance.

The information in this document affects your safety and your legal rights and responsibilities. Read this entire document carefully to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to read and follow the instructions and warnings in this document may result in product loss, serious injury to you, or damage to your aircraft.

By using this product, you hereby signify that you have read this disclaimer carefully and that you understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions herein. You agree that you are solely responsible for your own conduct while using this product, and for any consequences thereof. You agree to use this product only for purposes that are proper and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including international and domestic airspace regulations, and all terms, precautions, practices, policies and guidelines.

Aero Hawk accepts no liability for damage, injury or any legal responsibility incurred directly or indirectly from the use of this product. The user shall observe safe and lawful practices including, but not limited to, those  set forth in these Safety Guidelines.

Safety

Drone safety information for planes and copters.

Drones can be hazardous if operated incorrectly. If you are new to drones, we recommend learning the ropes first on a mini-drone or simulation software. Make safety your first priority, and always follow these best practices.

Handling

Spinning propellers can cause serious injury. Become familiar with your drone’s arming procedure, and always disarm before handling the propellers. On Pixhawk-powered vehicles, the safety button provides an additional safety measure by blocking power to the motors while the button is disabled (blinking red), allowing you to handle the drone safely.

When flying, always make sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and the drone. Don’t take off with the drone facing towards you or fly directly over your head. It is your job to ensure the safety of the people around you; make sure that spectators maintain a safe distance from your drone at all times.

Visual Line of Sight

Maintaining visual contact with your aircraft is the best assurance of a safe flight. Don’t let the drone get too far away from you; keep it where you can easily see its orientation from the ground. This is called your visual line of sight and prevents a situation where you cannot recover the drone safely.

Flying within visual line of sight is also a good way to ensure that your radio signals (from the RC and telemetry radio systems) aren’t blocked by buildings or other obstructions. If you can’t see through it, it’s likely that your radio signal can’t either.

Under 400 Feet

Keep your drone flying below 400 feet (120 meters) altitude to avoid conflict with full-scale, manned aircraft and maintain visual line of sight. To give you an idea of how high that is, the Statue of Liberty is 300 feet (93 meters) tall.

100 Feet from People, Vehicles, and Property

Always maintain at least 100 feet (30 meters) between your drone and people, vehicles, and buildings. This rule is important for flying near crowds, buildings, and roads due to potential hazards from unplanned landings.

Five Miles from Airports

To prevent conflict between your drone and manned aircraft, always fly at least five miles (eight kilometers) away from all airports and other locations where manned aircraft are in use. Research your area to find all areas of restricted airspace near you.

Fail-safes

A fail-safe is a pre-programmed behavior designed to prevent a crash in the event of an unsafe situation. All ArduCopter vehicles include a GPS fail-safe activated by default. Aero Hawk RTF copters and Planes are also preset with radio control (RC) and low-battery fail-safe behaviors. These parameters are adjustable and user must makes sure they are set as described.

Loss of GPS signal

If the drone loses GPS signal in a flight mode that requires GPS (loiter, auto, return-to-launch, guided), it lands automatically, indicated by a blinking blue-and-yellow status LED and a high-high-high-low tone. Always fly outside in an open area for optimal GPS signal strength.

Loss of RC signal

If the drone loses contact with the RC transmitter, it lands automatically, indicated by a blinking yellow status LED. If it loses RC signal during a mission, it returns to the launch point before landing.

Low battery

If the battery reaches 25% charge, the drone lands automatically, indicated by a blinking-yellow status LED and a quick repeating tone. If the battery runs low during a mission, the drone returns to the launch point before landing.

Common sense

Your common sense is the best fail-safe. Always be ready to regain manual control of the drone in the event of an unsafe situation. Before you fly, determine the boundaries of your safe flying area. If the drone moves outside the designated area or exhibits instability in flight, switch to stabilize mode and land the drone manually.

Remember that, despite specific regulations, flying recklessly or creating an unsafe situation for the public is always illegal. As the operator, you take responsibility for the behavior of your drone at all times. If you are using this vehicle for commercial use you must comply with the FAA guidelines. A UAV license is mandatory.

For more information about drone safety, visit Know Before you Fly. If you are under 18 years of age, please fly with adult supervision. In Canada, visit Transport Canada for your local regulations.