Drones are growing in popularity with every single day. For those who want to buy one, you have to know a few things. A drone can be a big investment and may take a bit of time to learn. If you step into this world without knowing what’s what, you may end up with a very expensive paperweight. Before taking out your wallet and getting the drone you desire, you may want to check a few things off this list.
Here are some things you need to know if you are interested in flying a drone.
Buy for Cheap is an Option
Forget the idea that drones will cost a hefty sum. Today’s drones can go as low as $20, perfect for those who want to try out drone flying without committing to a serious (expensive) model. These cheaper drones are available at nearly every tech store, and the lighter ones (<2.5 kg) are also exempted in registrations.
Of course, these cheaper ones cannot hold a candle to drones at the $500 mark and beyond. However, for the purposes of learning controls and photography basics, a cheaper drone under $100 can do the job. A cheap starter drone can set you back the same amount as a takeout order from a restaurant. With one, you can test the waters to see if you want to pursue the hobby further.
You Can’t Fly Just Yet
After you buy a drone, you will most likely be inclined to fly it. After all, a drone is as useful as a paperweight when on the ground. However, you might find that flying a drone is a lot more difficult than getting one. This is because of the many restrictions, guidelines, and paperwork required before you can take your drone off the ground.
For drones over 2.5 kg, you would have to check your area’s requirements. Most countries today would require registrations as well as licensing for the owner. This is to help identify drones and their owners quickly in case of incidents. License plates for drones may also be mandatory in your area. Flying without registering for one can be a punishable offense. Licensing also requires you to take online tests to check competency and basic knowledge on drone flying. Without passing one, you cannot fly your drone.
You Can’t Fly Everywhere
When all the paperwork has been filed, you would most certainly want to fly your drone as soon as possible. However, you cannot fly it anywhere. Plenty of areas prohibit drone use, especially from recreational users. Most government buildings, private neighborhoods, as well as company properties are a no-go when it comes to flying drones. This is because capturing footage in these areas may be seen as a breach in privacy. Your drone may not be using its camera at the time, but the mere sight of a drone in flight can always create tension.
Flying in public places can be tricky as well. Playing with a drone in the park may be fine, but in crowded areas such as beaches, concerts, and parades, your drone may face trouble. This is because in most places, it is not allowed for a drone to fly over a mass of people. Accidents can happen, and if a drone so much as loses its balance while flying, it can come crashing down. With a lot of people, plenty of things can happen. Someone can throw something at the drone, causing it to crash. A falling drone can land on someone, causing injury. A broken drone may also start fires in the area, and can create chaos during its descent.