Factors to Consider Before Drone Flying

Factors to Consider Before Drone Flying

Posted On April 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm by / No Comments

Factors to Consider Before Drone Flying
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Drones are awesome fun. They can bring out the inner kid in even the most jaded individual, but they can also land people in a lot of trouble. Here are some things every new drone owner should know before taking to the skies. Traditional R/C model airplanes are a time-tested hobby that require patience and dedication. True R/C hobbyists often devote thousands of dollars and hours to their passion. Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), on the other hand, are relatively and generally pretty easy to operate and well within the budgets of many people.

Factors to Consider Before Drone FlyingThat’s not to say, drones don’t require significant skill, practice, and patience to master. On the contrary, their simplicity is deceptive and to that end, many newbs go into them with unreasonable expectations. But, here’s something that many people don’t know or realize, if you’re not fully abreast of UAS do’s and don’ts, you can end up in a lot of trouble. You can run afoul of the law and face felony charges if you’re flying in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can face hefty fines if you hit or endanger pedestrians. Or, someone could take your drone flying personally and pick a fight.

Factors to Consider Before Drone Flying

If you plan on flying a UAS (recreationally) in United States airspace, then you’ll be governed by the FAA rules regarding model aircraft use, which doesn’t amount to very much guidance to be honest. The FAA Advisory Circular 91-57 is one page, dates all the way back to 1981, and states simply that model aircraft operators – in this case people flying drones – cannot fly their crafts more than 400 feet above the ground, must keep them within sight, and should not operate within five miles of an airport without first informing the airport’s operating authorities or aircraft control tower.

How far you can fly is going to be limited to the space you’re flying in and line of sight. Flying beyond your line of sight increases your risk of losing control and crashing. You might think simply that you can fly via the radio controller’s screen, or your phone or tablet (ala first person view or FPV), but we should strongly caution you against doing that. For one, you’ve only got a limited field of view, i.e. whatever the drone’s camera sees, so you won’t be able to see everything around the aircraft. Also, there may be lag, which compromises reaction time. How far you can control your drone will depend on your controller and the UAS’s antenna.

One man built a weather balloon-deployed UAS glider that could be controlled from the edge of space (30km), but that’s an extreme scenario. You can certainly fly beyond your line of sight but then you risk possibly hurting someone, damaging property, and running afoul of the law. Therefore, you should stay within the 400-foot ceiling and maintain visual contact with the aircraft at all times, unless you’ve obtained an exemption from the FAA.


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