Drones are one of the must-have gadgets of 2018 for a whole host of reasons. By offering you the ability to gain aerial footage with the click of a button they’re definitely a must-have gadget. That said, they aren’t without their issues if you use them the wrong way. Take a look at these simple pieces of advice that will ensure you don’t fall foul of any grey areas or worse — cause an accident.
Add a unique identifier or license number to your drone so that it can be easily traced
As you run your eye over any list of the best drones 2018 has to offer you’ll imagine yourself flying them higher and further. With a whole host of new developments they have the ability to fly faster than ever, but this presents new problems.
A sudden gust of wind or a technical malfunction can see your drone fly hundreds of meters off course. The problem you have is that you’ll be stuck on the ground none the wiser as to where it ended up. A unique identifier will allow your drone to be traced back to you if someone else finds it. It’s the best way to ensure you don’t have to pay for a replacement if the worst happens!
Keep your drones well away from designated flight paths, no matter how low to the ground you’re flying
There are plenty of examples of amateur pilots using their drones around flight paths and being oblivious to the nuisance they’re causing. While to you your drone is a harmless low-flying gadget, to professional pilots they can be a bonafide nuisance.
By taking the time to research nearby flight paths you can ensure you never run the risk of causing havoc in the sky. Ignorance is not an excuse, and it won’t get you out of trouble if you plead it after your drone causes mayhem. You’re the one in control of it so take responsibility and make sure you stay well away from those flight paths.
Don’t use your drone to harass or follow someone who doesn’t want it to
Following your friend around the backyard with a drone is a good joke to play, but make sure you don’t take it too far. There are plenty of instances of people taking legal action to prevent drone harassment, and it’s currently a hot topic.
It’s essential that you properly research where you can and can’t use your drone to avoid legal issues. For instance, stay away from flying it over people’s private property and commercial premises. If you’re in doubt, consult the owner of the property and gain their express permission before taking to the sky.
You may think that this is putting a brake on your fun, but other people may not enjoy it so much.
Drone piloting is a great way to enjoy some new tech and take to the sky like never before. However, be sure to follow these simple pieces of advice, and you’ll be able to keep flying safely, plus stay out of trouble.