What to Know Before you Buy and Invest in a Drone

Drones are not new. For the average consumer, all kinds of drones have recently flooded the market. Drones for commercial use as well as drones for non-commercial use. Do these drones distinguish themselves from one another? There’s a lot more to know than just buying a drone. Let’s discuss some of the issues you need to know before you buy and invest in a drone.

As more and more people are starting to fly drones in parks and vacant fields. With drones operating in cities and neighbourhoods on the public and private property. The government have put in place some rules and regulations on the governing of flying a drone.

Recently, the FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small UAS on it’s website, which means that when we use our sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems) that are over 55 grams, the ones that we fly recreational flights with, where you are not using the drones for taking pictures for sale. Commercially flying your drone, i.e., paid photography, videography, for real estate, agriculture and such, the FAA will be regulating with a few safety measures to allow the use of a drone to fly in the US airspace.

As per the rule from the FAA recreational flights would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight flying. It also addresses how high you can fly your drone, getting operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, registering your aircraft and the operational limit for your aircraft. The UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small drone users can be viewed on the FAA’s website at www.faa.gov.

So for me the rules I need to follow, are pretty simple, “Don’t fly by airports, don’t fly higher than 400′, and fly for fun.”

Although It also depends. If I decide to use the drone I get, for commercial purposes I have to get what’s called a Section 333 waiver from the FAA, in which I would have to spend 20 hrs on training in learning how to fly aeroplanes. To get the sports pilot’s license, all this Includes determining how to take off and land an aircraft. Or you’ll need someone with a pilot’s license to fly the drone. Again, this information is on the FAA’s website. www.faa.gov/uas

There are all type of drones on the market, ranging in prices of around $30 for an excellent flying small toy drone to costs upwards to $100,000+. For that much, I would consider that a helicopter.