Just got a drone? Read this before flying!

by Josh Spires, DroneDJ

First of all, Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone from the GLJ Media Group! So… you’ve just gotten a drone for Christmas?

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Learning the rules

Now that your batteries are charging and you’ve taken everything out, it’s the perfect time to learn the rules for your new flying machine. It is important to know the weight of your drone. In most countries, drones that weigh under 250 grams are exempt from some of the rules. Below are the basic rules you should know when flying a drone, especially if you are doing so outdoors. Please note the below rules differ slightly from country to country, so please check your country’s rules.

  • You must only fly one drone at a time
  • You must always fly your drone within visual line-of-sight — this means:
    • flying only during the day
    • avoid flying in cloud, fog, or heavy rain
    • you can see your drone with your own eyes at all times — not by using binoculars or watching a video screen
    • not flying behind trees, buildings, or anything else that stops you from seeing your drone at all times.
  • You must not fly higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level — that’s about the height of a 35-story building or the length of a football field
  • You must not fly closer than 30 m (98 ft) to people — other than those helping to fly or navigate your drone
  • You must not fly over or above people at any time or height
  • You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to another person, aircraft, or property
  • You must not fly near emergency situations
  • You must not fly in prohibited or restricted airspace

Here is a list of links that will take you to the aviation authority of each country as well as more to read about operating your new drone.

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