Example A: A Drone Crashes Near Spectators


A drone crashes next to the Spectator Viewing Area. All of the spectators are excited to see a drone close up, especially because it looks like the drone may have shattered. 


The spectators are excited to see the drone close up; however, since they have been briefed, they stay behind the barricade. The Spectator Manager notifies the Race Director that a drone has crashed near the Spectator Viewing Area.

The Race Director waits until the race has finished and the Drone Manager has signaled, "Controllers Down", then notifies the Drone Manager that a drone has crashed near the Spectator Viewing Area. The Drone Manager waits until the Race Director has signaled "Restricted Course" and then sends a Drone Handler to retrieve the drone. 

The Drone Handler does a visual inspection of the drone and battery, realizing that the battery may be a bit damaged - but is not broken. The Drone Handler then goes to a nearby Fire Safety Kit, retrieves the bucket of water and a tool for picking up the battery, and walks back to the battery. After carefully picking up the battery and dropping it in water, the Drone Handler brings it to a safe location, and returns to retrieve the drone. The drone is then brought back to the drone maintenance area where its propellers are removed immediately, and it is placed in an area to be worked on when the event is over. 


In this situation, planning, procedure and production all played a role in maintaining a safe environment. Briefings ensured that spectators or unqualified event staff did not approach or handle a potentially dangerous downed drone. The use of the Course Status System ensured that no person was on course while drones were still flying. The preparation and placement of a fire safety kit ensured the drone handler had a quick and effectively way to deal with a battery that had the potential to become dangerous.