Are you thinking about buying a drone but can’t stop thinking about where to fly it? Or maybe you just bought a drone and now wondering where to fly it! Well, this post is about where to fly drones near you.
Of course, there are rules and regulations about flying drones. They were made to keep us safe. In fact, in some countries, drone is banned. Such as Iraq, Iran, Kuwait. But if you are living in the USA, you are quite lucky. Though you have to abide by the rules and regulations.
Don’t worry, those rules are not that hard. The law of the USA allows you to fly drones on specific locations. So, which state are you from? Or are you from another country? Let me know in the comment section.
At first, if your drone weighs more than 250 grams, you need to register it with the FAA. To register a drone you have to be at least 13 years old.
In any country, you must need to fly your drone within your sight. You can’t fly above an altitude of 400 feet.
You also need to keep a distance of 50 meters from people and vehicles. And in case of a gathering of people, this distance would be 150 meters.
An area within 5 miles of an airfield or airport is a no-fly zone. You can be prosecuted for breaking this law. And you can create a chance of damage to an aircraft.
The registration number you got by registering with the FAA, it should be visible on your drone.
Penalty for violating drone laws
If you fly an unregistered drone, you would have been fined up to $27,500 for civil penalties and/or up to $250,000 for criminal penalties with up to five years of jail time.
Can I fly a drone in a public park?
Drones are currently allowed in State Parks, State Beaches, State Historic Parks, State Recreational Areas, and State Vehicular Recreation Areas except where prohibited by a District Superintendent’s posted order. Therefore, you should always check with their local State Park District for any specific posted orders.
Drone no-fly zone app
There are some great apps that can help you to find perfect locations to fly your drone. Here I am giving links of some of these apps both for android and ios:
- UAV Forecast – Available for both Android and iOS
- Hover – Available for both Android and iOS
- The FAA’s B4UFLY app – Available for both Android and iOS
While flying a drone, you should keep in mind about others’ privacy. Filming peoples without their permission is a crime. You must take their permission before filming.
Changes Coming in the Future
The new law also includes:
- Drone operators will need to pass an online exam about aeronautical knowledge and safety. And they have to carry the proof of passing that test.
- FAA will issue new guidance to help you recognize community based organizations.
The FAA is incrementally rolling out these features and requirements.
Moreover, before flying a drone, you should learn how to use it properly. This KnowBeforeYouFly website is a good place to know about these things.