Flight environment

  • Avoid obstacles such as large trees and power lines.

  • Do not fly over people or near large crowds of people, unless you have received a waiver or your aircraft has a declaration of compliance to conduct such operations under applicable federal regulations.

  • Do not fly at altitudes higher than 122 m (400 feet) above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 122 m (400 feet) AGL, remain within 122 m (400 feet) of a structure.

  • Fly in favorable weather conditions between -10° C (14 °F) and 40° C (104 °F).

  • Do not fly in winds exceeding 20 m (66 feet)/s.

  • Do not fly in rain, snow, or heavy fog, or during weather visibility that is less than 4.8 km (3 miles) from a control station.

  • Do not use the aircraft during a natural or human-caused disaster that may impact flight performance or distract the remote pilot, such as a fire, explosion, flood, tidal wave, avalanche, landslide, earthquake, dust, sandstorm, or other similar circumstances.

  • Fly outdoors. In buildings, the aircraft sensor system may be affected by interference, and accuracy of compass and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) features may be impaired.

  • Do not fly low over water, ice, or snow surfaces. Flying too close to water, ice, or snow surfaces may cause a malfunction to the aircraft sensor system.

  • The Vision Positioning may not work properly in the following environments or under the following conditions:

    • Areas where transparent objects such as water or glass are present, or where highly reflective objects such as mirrors are present
    • When no objects that show clear surface patterns are present within an altitude of 20 m (66 feet) or more and a circumference of 20 m (66 feet)
    • Areas where regular patterns are continuously present
    • Areas exposed to strong light or areas where there are objects that emit light
    • Areas where the illumination changes rapidly
    • Areas with illuminance equivalent to 100 lux or darker
    • When the stereo camera lenses are dirty or when the stereo camera view is obstructed
    • When the aircraft is flying low at a high speed or the aircraft is surrounded by objects at a short distance
    • When the obstacle is small
    • When the surroundings or obstacles are moving
    • When there are objects in the blind spots of the stereo cameras and other sensors
    • When the stereo cameras and other sensors are not calibrated properly
  • The lateral performance of the Vision Positioning is reduced when the landing gear is up.

  • The flight assistance provided by the Vision Positioning and other sensors only supports the operator and does not guarantee the perfect safety of the flight. Always be cautious when flying the aircraft.

  • Note the following precautions during takeoff and landing and during flights:

    • Keep people other than the flight operators away from the aircraft. Unexpected events such as gusts against the aircraft may cause injury.
    • Take off and land on flat ground.
    • Consider using a landing pad for takeoff and landing. In sandy environments, the aircraft may be damaged by wind-borne sand.
  • Flight direction and positioning accuracy may be affected by degradation of wireless transmission quality and operating problems near airspace susceptible to magnetic or radio interference, such as near high-voltage power lines, large-scale power transmission stations, cell towers, and broadcast towers. Do not fly near this airspace, because you may lose control of the aircraft if the interference is too strong.

  • Before flights, make sure that flying is legally permitted in the airspace where you plan to fly.

  • Do not fly when visibility is poor, such as when there is heavy fog, and when you cannot see the aircraft with your own eyes. Only operate before sunrise, after sunset if you comply with federal regulations to do so and determine such an operation can be performed safely.

  • Do not fly the aircraft from a moving vehicle unless you comply with federal regulations to do so and determine such an operation can be performed safely.

  • To avoid affecting the service life of the motors, do not launch or land the aircraft in sandy or dusty areas.

  • Do not load anything onto the aircraft other than the camera and other accessories as stated in the product information documents or as recommended by Sony.

  • Comply with all laws, regulations or ordinances and obtain any required approval. Operators are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, regulations or ordinances while using the aircraft and remote controller.

  • Do not fly in the No-fly zones. Contact the local aviation authorities for the latest No-fly zone list and comply with applicable laws, regulations or ordinances.

  • Flight altitude restrictions may vary by jurisdiction. Do not fly above the maximum altitude stipulated by laws and regulations.

  • Avoid flying in airspaces where rescue operations are underway.