The information collected on this page is meant to help Skydio users fly safely and responsibly. Below you'll find best practices, links to additional content, and regulatory information to enhance safety as well as your overall experience with your drone.

To get the most out of your Skydio drone and any Skydio accessories, please read all of the information below before your first flight. Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in injury or damage to you, your Skydio product, or other persons or property. Additionally, not following these safety instructions could result in damaging your Skydio product in a way that renders it ineligible for warranty coverage. Complete details of the Skydio warranty program are available on our warranty terms page.

Please note that the content on this page is not a substitute for your judgment and common sense when flying your Skydio drone. You are solely responsible for assuring your Skydio flights are managed safely and in accordance with all local and federal laws and regulations.

Skydio 2 Safety Guidelines

Best Practices

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Before You Fly

  • Because Skydio 2 navigates visually, it is essential to keep all of its cameras clean. Use the included cleaning cloth (or any clean microfiber cloth) to ensure cameras are free of dust and dirt before every flight.
  • Skydio 2 uses magnets to retain the battery which may attract metallic debris that could compromise the safe fitment of the battery. Prior to installing any battery, visually inspect the bottom of the Skydio 2 and top of the battery, including connectors, to ensure they are free of objects, debris or damage. Verify the battery is fully seated in the aircraft prior to takeoff. Do not fly with any batteries with enclosures that are cracked, gouged, dented or otherwise substantially physically deformed. Safely dispose of any damaged batteries.
  • If using a mobile device running the Skydio 2 app, ensure any Battery Saver or Low Power modes are disabled. These modes may interfere with Skydio 2’s ability to communicate with the device and negatively impact your flight experience.
  • Remove the gimbal retaining clip from the front-facing camera.
  • Ensure all propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, or other visible damage. Never fly with damaged propellers.
  • When you are ready to end your flight and land your drone, first stop any subject tracking and manually fly the drone to a safe landing spot that is flat, clear of debris, and not overhead of any people or animals. Try to avoid areas with lots of fine pebbles, sand, rocks, or similar materials.
    • Once landing has been initiated, Skydio 2 will descend with full obstacle avoidance until it is 3m (10 ft) above the ground. Once Skydio 2 is less than 3m from the ground the LEDs on Skydio 2 will flash yellow and all obstacle avoidance will be disabled for the remainder of the landing. Users will be notified of this change on-screen if flying with the Skydio 2 app. While Skydio 2 is landing you may nudge the drone forwards, backward, left, or right using the Controller or digital thumbsticks in the app. See our User Guides or What do the lights on Skydio 2 indicate? for more detail.
    • Always monitor Skydio 2 during landing and be prepared to use the “nudge” feature or cancel the landing if Skydio 2 is landing in an undesirable location. Use particular caution when landing on elevated platforms, such as the roof of a car or truck, as the Skydio 2 may move laterally to avoid the platform before descending to the 3m threshold.
    • When landing and the Skydio 2 LEDs are blue, obstacle avoidance is on. When LEDs are yellow, obstacle avoidance is off. When the Skydio 2 LEDs are blue, the vehicle may not descend in a vertical line and may deviate to avoid obstacles.
    • WARNING: Do not attempt to hand catch Skydio 2 before the LEDs turn yellow. Attempting to hand catch Skydio 2 while obstacle avoidance is active will cause it to attempt to avoid your hand and may result in Skydio 2 impacting yourself or another nearby object. Read our related article Hand Launching and Hand Landing your Skydio 2.

Where to Fly

  • You are responsible for your Skydio 2 at all times. Always follow FAA guidelines for UAS piloting. Check resources like knowbeforeyoufly.org or apps like B4UFLY for more information.
  • Skydio 2 can only fly in normal daytime conditions. Since it navigates visually, it won’t work at night or in other low-light situations.
  • Skydio 2 is not weatherproof and requires good visibility. Do not fly in any precipitation, including rain, fog, or snow.
  • Skydio 2 should not be flown when winds or gusts are above 25 mph.
  • Do not fly in temperatures below 23° F (-5C) or above 104° F (40C).
  • Please read this article for more guidelines on where to fly your Skydio drone.

Flying Safe

  • Your Skydio drone only avoids obstacles that are not in motion. Cars, boats, balls, animals, other drones, other people, or similar moving objects may not be avoided if they’re moving. You should exercise extreme caution and good judgment when flying with other people around. If you know that you’ll be around others in motion, we suggest you leave the Height Floor setting enabled to ensure Skydio 2 maintains a safe elevation.
  • Keep your fingers away from the propellers anytime they’re spinning such as during launch, flight, and landing.
  • Ensure your landing area is flat and clear of obstacles. See the Skydio User Guides for more details on landing behavior.
  • Skydio 2 can’t see certain visually challenging obstacles. Do not fly around thin branches, telephone or power lines, ropes, netting, wires, chain link fencing, or other objects less than ½ inch in diameter.
  • Do not intentionally try to crash Skydio 2.
  • Never use Skydio 2 over public roadways. When following a car or other vehicle, follow while off-road or on a closed course. 
  • The Skydio 2’s metal frame may become hot to the touch in high-temperature environments or direct sunlight, even if powered off. The metal frame may also become hot if powered on while on the ground for long periods of time.
  • Do not fly over bodies of water more than 30 ft. across if Skydio 2 indicates a GPS quality warning.
    • Low relative-altitude flight over bodies of water may degrade or impair autonomous flight performance. Ensure that you have a strong GPS signal on your controlling device.
  • Do not fly around transparent surfaces like windows or reflective surfaces like mirrors greater than 60cm wide.
  • If your Skydio 2 does hit an obstacle it can’t see, it will do its best to stabilize itself and continue the flight.
  • When the sun is low on the horizon, it can temporarily blind Skydio 2’s cameras depending on the angle of flight. Your drone may be cautious or jerky when flying directly toward the sun.
  • Your Skydio 2 can fly up to 36 mph under most conditions.
  • If your Skydio 2 can’t see you, it may stop following you temporarily. It will wait until it reacquires you visually or use your Beacon’s GPS to find you (if using a Skydio Beacon).
  • Skydio 2 may instruct you to land if it encounters an error or determines the environment is not safe for flying. When instructed to do so, immediately fly Skydio 2 to the safest area nearby and land.
  • Flying at high altitudes may significantly increase the time required to return and safely land the Skydio 2. The pilot is responsible for managing the vehicle’s altitude, range and battery level at all times.
  • Be sure to watch the flight tutorials in the app and pay attention to any in-app messages.

Safety-Related Articles

For more detailed information, please read all of the following:

The Skydio 2 Safety and Operating Guide is available here as a PDF.

The R1 Safety and Operating Guide is available here as a PDF

Skydio X2 Safety Guidelines

Best Practices

  • Keep your fingers away from moving propellers at all times.
  • Thin objects such as thin branches, telephone lines, ropes, wires, netting, chain link fencing, etc. may not be recognized by Skydio X2’s collision avoidance system. Fly with caution in environments where thin objects are present.
  • Skydio X2 does not avoid moving objects or cars.
  • Fly cautiously over bodies of water more than 30ft (9.1m) across.
    • Low relative-altitude flight over bodies of water may degrade or impair autonomous flight performance. Ensure that you have a strong GPS signal on your controlling device.
  • Skydio X2 obstacle avoidance is off during low light, poor visibility, and nighttime operations. Fly with caution under these conditions.
  • Clean all of the cameras so Skydio X2 can see clearly.
  • Follow FAA guidelines and local and federal laws when using your Skydio X2.

Before You Fly

  • Because Skydio X2 navigates visually, it is essential to keep all of its cameras clean. Use the included cleaning cloth (or any clean microfiber cloth) to ensure cameras are free of dust and dirt before every flight.
  • Ensure all 4 arms are fully deployed against the hard stops and levers are fully seated against the arms prior [image of lever + alignment visual indicators] to initiating flight. Failure to do so may result in unstable flight and/or a loss of control. Additionally, a moderate amount of force should be required to fully seat the lever to the arm - if the lever can be closed with low effort, damage has occurred within the hinge and the drone should not be flown.
  • Skydio X2 uses magnets to retain the battery which may attract metallic debris that could compromise the safe fitment of the battery. Prior to installing any battery, visually inspect the back of the Skydio X2 around the battery connector and the front of the mating surface on the Skydio X2 battery as well as the connector itself, to ensure they are free of objects, debris, or damage. Verify the battery is fully seated in the aircraft prior to takeoff. Do not fly with any batteries with enclosures that are cracked, gouged, dented, or otherwise substantially physically deformed. Safely dispose of any damaged batteries.
  • Ensure the Skydio Enterprise Controller has adequate battery life remaining to complete your intended flight.
  • Ensure all propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, or other visible damage. Never fly with damaged propellers.

Where to Fly

  • You are responsible for your Skydio X2 at all times. Always follow FAA guidelines for UAS piloting. Check resources like knowbeforeyoufly.org or apps like B4UFLY for more information. Do not fly in an environment where the use of the device is not authorized or restricted.
  • Skydio X2 requires good visibility to retain it’s obstacle avoidance capabilities. Skydio X2 obstacle avoidance is off during low light, poor visibility, and nighttime operations. Fly with caution under these conditions.
  • Skydio X2 is not waterproof and requires good visibility to enable obstacle avoidance. Do not fly in any precipitation, including rain, fog, or snow.
  • Skydio X2 should not be flown when winds or gusts are above 20 knots (23 MPH).
  • Do not fly your drone in temperatures less than 14F (-10C) or above 109F (43C). When flying in temperatures below 32F (0C), ensure your batteries are pre-warmed to 50F (10C) prior to takeoff. Endurance may be degraded when operating near temperature limits.

Flying Safe

  • Your Skydio drone only avoids obstacles that are not in motion. Cars, boats, animals, other aircraft/UAS, other people, or similar moving objects may not be avoided if they’re moving. You should exercise extreme caution and good judgment when flying with other people around.
  • If your Skydio X2 does hit an obstacle it can’t see, it will do its best to stabilize itself and continue the flight.
  • Keep your fingers away from the propellers anytime they’re spinning such as during launch, flight, and landing.
  • Ensure your landing area is flat and clear of obstacles.
  • Skydio X2 can’t see certain visually challenging obstacles. Do not fly around thin branches, telephone or power lines, ropes, netting, wires, chain link fencing, or other objects less than ½ inch in diameter.
  • Do not intentionally try to crash Skydio X2.
  • Never use Skydio X2 over public roadways. When following a car or other vehicle, follow while off-road or on a closed course.
  • The Skydio X2’s metal frame may become hot to the touch in high-temperature environments or direct sunlight, even if powered off. The metal frame may also become hot if powered on while on the ground for long periods of time.
  • Do not fly over bodies of water more than 30 ft. across if Skydio X2 indicates a GPS quality warning.
  • Do not fly around transparent surfaces like windows or reflective surfaces like mirrors greater than 60cm wide.
  • Exercise caution when the sun is low on the horizon, it can temporarily blind Skydio X2’s cameras depending on the angle of flight. Your drone may be cautious or jerky when flying directly toward the sun.
  • Skydio X2 may instruct you to land if it encounters an error or determines the environment is not safe for flying. When instructed to do so, immediately fly Skydio X2 to the safest area nearby and land.
  • Flying at high altitudes may significantly increase the time required to return and safely land the Skydio X2. The pilot is responsible for managing the vehicle’s altitude, range, and battery level at all times.
  • Be sure to read/watch all flight tutorials and safety-related materials and pay attention to any in-app messages.
  • When you are ready to end your flight and land your drone, first stop any subject tracking or end your planned waypoint mission, and then manually fly the drone to a safe landing spot that is flat, clear of debris, and not overhead of any people or animals. Try to avoid areas with lots of fine pebbles, sand, rocks, or similar materials.
      • While Skydio X2 is landing you may nudge the drone forwards, backward, left, or right using the Enterprise Controller or digital thumbsticks in the app.
      • Always monitor Skydio X2 during landing and be prepared to use the “nudge” feature or cancel the landing if Skydio X2 is landing in an undesirable location. Use particular caution when landing on elevated platforms, such as the roof of a car or truck, as the Skydio X2 may move laterally to avoid the platform before descending to the 3m threshold.
      • When landing and the Skydio X2 LEDs are blue, obstacle avoidance is on. When LEDs are yellow, obstacle avoidance is off. When the Skydio X2 LEDs are blue, the vehicle may not descend in a vertical line and may deviate to avoid obstacles.
      • WARNING: Do not attempt to hand catch Skydio X2 before the LEDs turn yellow (or before deactivating obstacle avoidance manually). Attempting to hand catch Skydio X2 while obstacle avoidance is active will cause it to attempt to avoid your hand and may result in Skydio X2 impacting yourself or another nearby object.

Regulatory

Proposition 65 Warning:

This product contains chemical(s) known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

These devices comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. These devices may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. These devices must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Skydio could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult help@skydio.com or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes:

1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage;
2) l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numerique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

Your use of this product is subject to the Terms of Use, available at skydio.com/legal/terms.

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