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Top 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Fly Your Drone

Jan 22, 2020 by Anna Maree

If you’ve recently got a drone, you’re probably super excited to fly it as soon as you possibly can. However, there are three important things that you need to make sure that you have completed before you can take off.

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1. Make sure to register your drone online with the FAA.

  • Before you even fly your drone for the first time, you need to make sure that you register it with the FAA, if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs (250 grams) and less than 55 lbs (25 kgs).
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  • Registration costs $5 per aircraft and lasts for three years
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2. Label your drone with your registration number.

  • Your registration number will be provided to you once you fully register your drone.
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3. Know the rules of flying your drone 

  • Stay below the maximum allowable altitude
    • 400 feet or 121 meets
  • Keep your drone in your line of sight
  • Where Not to Fly
    • Do not fly in a controlled airspace – around and above airports
      • Never fly near another aircraft.
      • You cannot fly within five miles of an airport without notifying the air traffic control and the airport.
    • Don’t fly over groups of people
      • Including schools, stadiums, hospitals, and power plants.
    • Download the app B4UFLY if you fly your drone recreationally
      • Shows where you can and cannot fly with interactive maps
  • When Not to Fly
    • Don’t fly when it’s dark
    • Don’t fly near emergencies, for example accident response, firefighting, hurricane recovery efforts, or law enforcement activities.
    • Do not fly your drone in adverse weather conditions.
    • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol

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Amy

Really helpful article! Thanks for posting this up for our first time flyers. :) 

Anna Maree

Amy said:

Really helpful article! Thanks for posting this up for our first time flyers. :) 

Happy to help out! I'm excited to get my drone here shortly so I can start making more content with it!