The world currently experiences the effects of quarantines, lockdowns, and social restrictions caused by Coronavirus. With all these free time indoors, it can be very tempting to use your drone for some outdoor time. However, this may land you in a bit of trouble if you do not follow drone rules and regulations. With focus right now on lockdowns, a flying device may seem out of place.
Rules, Privacy, and Home Life
While it may sound great to fly your drone even from the comfort of your backyard or terrace, it can still land you in trouble. Flying drones in residential areas can make people feel like they are being watched. Nobody likes that – and may even lead to people around your neighborhood to call the authorities.
This is especially critical now, with more people staying at home than ever before. Flying your drone within your property is one thing – but the camera can instill discomfort to your neighbors. Knowing your neighborhood’s (or city’s) rules on drones can be a great start. On a more personal approach, asking permission with the neighbors or at least informing them beforehand can help ease tension when seeing drones flying around.
The Risks of Flying Low
Flying low, as mentioned above, can make people feel like someone is watching them – even if that is far from the truth. The presence of any camera controlled by a third party can make people paranoid.
Another reason why to avoid flying low is the risk for damage – both to your drone and to the surrounding area. Flying low increases the risk of your drone bumping into obstacles. A tree branch, electric wires, or even clotheslines can send your drone crashing to the ground. Not only will this break your drone, it may also damage your (or your neighbor’s) property due to the crash. In severe instances, drone crashes have been known to start fires after unfortunate landings.