What You Need to Know Before Flying Your Drone

What You Need to Know Before Flying Your Drone

Welcome to the world of owning a Drone! We’re happy to have you. Before taking to your first flight, there are a few things you should note before exploring the sky.

Drone Registration

As of December 21, 2015, all drones weighing over .55 pounds to 55 pounds must be registered and properly tagged by the FAA in order to fly legally. If you need to complete this process, click here https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

Power Switch

This may seem like a silly thing to check, but locating a power switch may be hard for some. Once located, turn your drone on to see if it has any charge. Test your controller by pressing buttons to make sure that your drone and remote are in sync. If there is no response, refer to your owners manual to see how to sync both devices.

Charge Time

All drones are different, but charging times are very important. Refer to your owners manual to find out how long you should charge your drone. Do not exceed the time given, charging too long may completely burn out your battery and require you to purchase a new one.

Flight Time

Flight times vary from drone to drone, usually depending on cost. When a drone is about to die, it will simply fall from whatever height it is at. If you know your flight time, you can estimate at what time you should bring your drone down to a shorter height as to not cause damage to your drone.

Range of Flight

You’ll always want to know how far up and away your drone can go so that you can always be in control. For all drones, there is a 400 foot height restriction to prevent interference with Aircraft.

General Rules

Drones can be really fun to fly, but to some people may be a violation of privacy. Before flying anywhere, take note of these simple rules:

  • Avoid flying in residential or highly populated areas
  • Avoid flying around people as they may feel uncomfortable by the presence of your drone
  • Keep your drone within eyesight at all times
  • Check your local laws to see where you can and cannot fly your drone

 

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