Tips for Drone Users!

Did you get a brand new drone for Christmas?  Excited?  Flying drones can be a rewarding experience!  Make sure that you are aware of the rules of the sky before taking off, and make sure that you practice.  If you are a first timer and received an expensive drone, take advantage of any simulation software your drone may have come with and for goodness sakes do not take it out of beginner mode.  Read the instructions as you don’t want to break your >$500 aircraft on your first flight.  Do a search on Twitter or Youtube and you’ll find many people who destroyed their aircraft right out of the gate.

If your drone weighs more than 250 grams you must register your drone with the FAA.  You must be 13 years of age or older to register and if the owner is less than 13 years old, the drone must be registered by someone older than 13.  It’s very quick and straightforward and can be done online through the FAA website.  https://registermyuas.faa.gov/

If you live near an airport, you’ll need to request permission from Air Traffic Control by calling them if you’re flying your drone.  Don’t fly over 400 feet, keep your drone within your line of sight, don’t fly over people, and be a good citizen.  Check out some other helpful tips at http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/for-recreational-users/

If you are interested in making money off of your drone, then you need to get your Remote Pilot’s Certificate from the FAA.  Even if you’re not making money, goodwill is considered compensation so you’ll still need your certificate.  There are many resources online but a great start is here.  https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_work_business/

 

 

 

 

Website Relaunched

Dronescape is proud to announce the re-launch of their website.  With the implementation of Part 107 by the Federal Aviation Administration, staff decided it would be great to give the website a new look.  Take a peek around and let us know what you think!