Drone Safety Tips.

April 13, 2019 2 By Graham

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In previous posts I briefly touched on Drone Safety and Drone licenses. This post will have a bit more depth to those two subjects. Most of the rules and regulations regarding the operation of any Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, including hobby drones, are governed by that countries Aviation Safety Department and are much the same worldwide.

Drone Licence Requirements. Do You Need A License?

First off you must determine what type of flier you will be. By that I mean for example: are you flying for fun or as a hobby?. Will you be flying to take pictures and/or videos for your own use? Will you be flying just in your own back yard? Does your aircraft weigh less than 250gms? If the answer to ALL those questions is yes, then you are probably outside the Drone licence requirements. If you will be using the Drone for any monetary or commercial gain, even if it is less than 250gms weight, then it has to be licenced by the aviation authority of your country, Licenced and the registration or licence number be fixed onto the aircraft.

Some Rules For Flying The Drone.

Just the same as driving a vehicle on the road, there are rules that govern the flying of an aircraft. For a full list of all the flying rules governing any aircraft, a drone is an aircraft ‘cos it flies through the airspace above the ground or water, check with the Aviation Department of your country. As all countries have full sized aircraft flying through their airspace, the rules are basically the same. I won’t give a full description of the basic rules as they are mostly self-explanatory, just give a list of them. Again these rules are for any remote controlled aircraft unless stated otherwise.

  • Hobby aircraft fly only for fun or recreation, no commercial gain.
  • Maximum height to fly when in uncontrolled airspace is 400 feet.
  • Do Not fly your craft out of sight, it must always be within your visual eyesight range, no binoculars allowed.
  • You must never fly in proximity to other aircraft.
  • You are not allowed to fly over public events or any stadium where people are present.
  • Do not fly over any group or groups of people. Public Place
  • Do not fly over a school.
  • Respect other peoples privacy.
  • Never fly near or over any emergency or emergency response occurrence.
  • Never fly within 3 miles of any aircraft operational airport or facility.

This is not a full list but covers the main points, check with your Aviation Authority for more specific rules.

Update. Latest requirement by USA F.A.A. https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/

Drone Safety Check list.

Any craft or vehicle must be operated in a safe manner and the craft itself should be safe to operate. Just like the above flying rules, there are some rules for the safety of the craft and the operator. Most are common sense, but as we all know, sometimes common sense disappears for some reason. This Drone safety checklist is in no particular order of preference.

  • Is Drone Battery Fully Charged.
  • Are the batteries in controller new or fully charged. Control Batteries
  • Check the propellers/rotors are secure on the motor shaft.
  • Check the security of the Drone Battery.
  • Power up the Drone and controller.
  • Follow the instructions to arm the Drone and Controller.
  • Choose a suitable area to fly from, flat and no obstructions within 50 feet.
  • If other radio-controlled aircraft in the area, check that you do not have same control frequency that will send aircraft out of control.
  • Ensure any onlookers are more than 50 feet away.
  • Power up and check it responds to controls before take off.
  • Only fly it as far as you can see it with your own eyes, no binoculars etc.
  • Do Not fly if the weather is poor visibility or windy above 10kmh.

We Have Lift Off

Clear For Take Off

You’ve read all the rules for operating in airspace, you’ve learned the different controls and their position on the controller and we are in a good area with no one looking as you make your first take off. This is to save embarrassment if you have a take off mishap (we all do on the first couple off attempts). Wow your now in control, make some gentle movements of the controls to get used to what happens and have fun, lots of fun.

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Updated June 12, 2019.
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