OK, the New Year is here and I want to start out on the right foot with a safety item that applies to Freefly drones. Here is a good lesson to learn, unfortunately, at someone else’s expense... In this case the lesson comes from world renowned expedition adventurer, Nat Geo content creator, Sony Alpha & North Face Team guy Renan Ozturk who I follow. His work is amazing and you should check it out if you are not familiar. It would appear that Renan bent over to adjust something on his ALTA8, bumped his controller, the drone started up and…. Well... the photos speak for themselves. I have to admit that I myself am guilty of adjusting things on my ALTAs at times with my controller strapped to me and after seeing these posts I vow to never to do it again! I think an additional safety measure would be a two stage start up process with either a secondary switch on the controller and/or an ARM button on the drone itself. We fly other PX4 drones and they all employ the arm switch which is usually built into the GPS puck. The drone simply won't start up unless that button has been pushed and it is armed. At my company Drone Boy we are looking into implementing both of these solutions (well three if you include not messing with the drone with controller in hand). Does anyone smarter than me have any better ideas to avoid this potential situation? Oh, and good on Renan for posting a real life accident and bringing this issue to light. It doesn't do anyone any good to keep our experiences (good or bad) all to ourselves. Happy New Year and Fly Safe in 2021!