- Jan 10, 2017
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I was thinking that as well, I searched YouTube for video of it on the Autel, couldn't find any. Here's a link of one on a phantom.I wonder if it would put the quad out of balance?
To me having a chute on your drone is not as much about saving the drone but if flying near people it would be to lessen the chance of hurting someone on the ground if something goes wrong that you have no control over. The best pilot cannot control everything.
So you would rather take your chances with it falling out of the sky like a rock?The aircraft could just as easily drift somewhere bad causing damage, injury, who knows what... We definitely have control by deciding not to fly if the conditions don't exist for a safe flight or even a safe crash (nearby people who are unaware of your flight), haha, or by not pushing limits of control, battery time, our physical limitations, etc.
I will be flying commercially too, but have not yet considered using a parachute as part of my equipment. I guess my apprehension is based on unpredictability, such as, if something goes wrong with the drone, it follows that something could also go wrong with the parachute itself. For instance, what if it deploys on its own and causes the drone to crash? The FAA rules are to keep sUAVs from flying over humans anyway unless one has a waiver. If it will make you a safer and more confident flyer then I am all for it and I hope to see reports about it in the future, so we others can get more information so as to help us decide about it or not. I think I will personally just make sure I plan my work for as few risks as possible until that time.I was thinking it was a good idea in regards to the drone's momentum is slowed therefore won't injure someone as badly or reduce property damage. I plan to fly commercially soon so it seems appealing to me as an added layer of protection if something goes wrong. Having this equipment for my drone would be good for a remote PIC. The FAA is serious about safety as more drone's become registered.
"The FAA rules are to keep sUAVs from flying over humans anyway unless one has a waiver."
So, how does a waiver make it any safer to fly "over humans"?
So you would rather take your chances with it falling out of the sky like a rock? .... you cannot control when something goes wrong and it fly's off on it's own and then decides to hover somewhere at 300' and then fall out of the sky when the battery dies....and yes that happens just read these forums.
I know a few people that are commercial flyers and they apply for waivers constantly because most missions arent over unpopulated land. I agree as some people say this is a bit stupid for the average user that just flies in unpopulated areas, but someone that's going to fly commercially how could this parachute be a bad thing?From FAA: "A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight." The FAA obviously gets to decide what is safe and what is not. If you apply for a waiver and they grant it then in that instance they have determined that it is safe. You would have to ask the FAA how they determine that.
There are pros/cons to both, I was just trying to highlight that even though the parachute reduces velocity of a crash it is still an uncontrolled descent and could still cause damage or injury. I have not seen where these events (flying off somewhere random and hovering) are happening to x-stars but I have seen battery will drop suddenly/quickly. At that point I would rather it crash like a rock to the ground on my flight path than drift off.
Hopefully the situation will never arise where the chute would deploy and it sounds like you have safety in mind to begin with. Best of luck, please share your experience positive or negative so we all can learn and be more knowledgeable on the subject!
I would definitely consider getting one if applying for a waiver to fly directly over non-participants (actors, for example).
To get the waiver you need to demonstrate to the FAA how you will mitigate risks and perform the operation safely, that's how the waiver makes it safer. I'm sure there are some examples out there of granted waivers/coas (certificate of authorization) to learn what criteria is important.
From FAA: "A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight." The FAA obviously gets to decide what is safe and what is not. If you apply for a waiver and they grant it then in that instance they have determined that it is safe. You would have to ask the FAA how they determine that.
I'm aware of the criteria when applying for a waiver and I'm well-versed on part 107, I'm just referring to the chute as an added level of safety which can't hurt, don't really think it's a vague idea really thanks for your input!FAA waivers (either 333 or Part 107) are always based on the concept of "equivalent level of safety." The prohibition on operations over people is one of the waivable provisions.
The criteria used for this waiver (and any of the Part 107 waivers), can be found in the Performance Based Standards document. https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/media/performance_based_standards.pdf
You're going to need data and an actual operations plan to get the waiver, rather some vague idea that putting a parachute on the aircraft will make it safer for non-participants.
I'm aware of the criteria when applying for a waiver and I'm well-versed on part 107, I'm just referring to the chute as an added level of safety which can't hurt, don't really think it's a vague idea really thanks for your input!