When you get a drone for the first time, it is likely that you will want to get out and start flying it straight away. It’s important to first read up on local laws and regulations, so you don’t end up with a heavy fine for flying your drone in a place where it is illegal to do so. Here, we summarize some of the main places where drone flight is forbidden, so you can enjoy your drone safely and legally.
If you are flying a drone for recreational use, thankfully there are not too many rules, so you can enjoy your drone! There are a few places where you should definitely not fly however, such as near airports or other aircraft. If you plan to use a drone within 5 miles of an airport, you must notify the control tower. It’s also forbidden to fly over stadiums, sporting events or groups of people. Fires and other emergency situations should not be flown over with a drone either, for obvious reasons. Other places where drones should not be flown include: over government buildings, military areas, prisons, water treatment facilities and power stations. National parks also prohibit the use of drones, so you won’t be able to get that beautiful aerial shot of the Grand Canyon unfortunately. Disneyland and Disney world are also no-fly zones.
Sometimes, temporary flying restrictions come into place, so if there is an event taking place, double check for the most up-to-date information. Events such as a presidential visit will likely cause a TFR to come into place for example. In most cases, it’s best to use common sense and take reasonable precautions to be safe.
Drones should not be operated by those under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drones must be kept at least 25 feet from individuals and property, and they should always remain within your sight. This is when having a drone with return to home features is handy – simply press a button and the drone will come back to you if you lose sight or control of it.
A recreational drone should not be flown over 400 feet, although it can be difficult to tell if your drone is below this height or not. You should not fly your drone in adverse weather conditions, particularly high winds which could easily throw your drone off course. Poor visibility, such as mist and fog, are also not suitable for drone flight, as you will not be able to keep an eye on your aircraft.
You should also take precautions when using the camera on your drone in certain areas. Do not take photographs in areas where it is assumed and expected that privacy will be had. In any case, it’s best to check local laws before flying with a drone, particularly if you are near to private property, large groups of people or busy roads. The fines for flying in a reckless or careless way can run into tens of thousands of dollars, so it’s best to take the time to understand the regulations before setting out with your new drone.
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Emily Dick loves tech and enjoys writing about topics like drones for kids, hoverboards, latest puzzles for children and is a big fan of toys. She writes for WHOOOP-A-DAISY.COM and is always searching for the latest toys on the market to bring helpful reviews of different products for parents wanting to get something special for their kids.