The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles known as drones have become much easier to obtain in the past few years than they had in the past. Drones can be operated as a hobby for recreational purposes like photography, but they also perform professional services such as recording videos and inspecting bridges.
But with more people than ever now flying drones, airspace is getting a lot more crowded. And the Federal Aviation Administration claims to be received increasing reports of drones flying close to manned aircraft. Drones are forbidden from flying within 5 miles of an airport, or higher than 400 feet overall.
It is best to understand everything that is involved if you’re thinking about buying a drone. We’ve assembled 6 important points to pass along here:
1.) Drones are UAVs or UASs, and are not necessarily easy to fly.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Systems are remote controlled or autonomously programmed. A quadcopter, a multirotor helicopter operated by four rotors, has a flight controller computer inside. Myfirstdrone.com noted that the easier models to fly are generally the more expensive drones that contain more sensors.
2.) Your drone will likely be ARF, BNF or RTF.
ARF, or almost ready to fly drones may need some assembly required to their quadcopters. The BNF means bind and fly. These units generally come without a controller. The RTF, or ready to fly model, comes ready to go, without needing any assembly.
3.) Drones are becoming more affordable.
Blade’s Nano QX is a RTF vehicle with a 2.4 GHz radio controller. The controller offers “SAFE” technology, with more sensors to improve the drone’s flight safety.
The Blade Nano runs about $80.
A UDI U818A quadcopter costs about $50. This ready to fly model comes with a camera, and an extra battery is included.
The Hubsan X4 is for beginners, and provides FPV, or first-person view. This vehicle has a 5.4 GHz receiver and a built-in camera. It costs less than $134.
4.) Take special care if you use your drone for aerial pictures.
Camera support may be useful for your vehicle, because you may want to add another camera device to improve the video or photo quality. And do not take photographs in private areas without proper permission.
5.) Learn your community’s laws and guidelines before flying.
Operators must keep their drone in sight at all times, not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and avoid any other nearby obstacles. The FAA also has rules for commercial and amateur use of drones.
6.) That same FAA now wants drone owners to register their UAV.
Drones weighing more than a half-pound to 55 pounds have to be registered, and marked with the registration number of their owner. Owners need to provide a name, home address and email to make it easier to prove their identity.
The Washington Post reports that according to the FAA, pilots have reported about three times as many encounters with drones this year than last. Stories about birds or such things interfering with a plane’s flight could cause unthinkable damage,
If an operator takes the proper lessons, follows rules and regulations and learns to fly his UAV safely, there can be room in the air for all parties.