Drones and the Importance of Quadcopter Safety

Over the last few years Drones and Quadcopters have become increasingly popular not just for commercial and military use but with households all over the USA and the rest of the world for that matter as well..

This sudden spike in popularity has resulted in concerns in particular regarding safety as well as rising privacy issues. As a result of this, now the FAA [The Federal Aviation Administration] requires both drones for commercial and recreational use to be registered.  And on top of that, there is also a number of new laws and guidelines now in place to regulate their use.

If you want to stay updated on the rules and regulations regarding this issue, you can read the FAQ from the FAA here https://www.faa.gov/uas/faqs/ as this should give you an overall broader understanding of what’s going on.

As of the new regulations, registration is required for Drones weighing between 0.55 lbs. [250 grams] and 55 lbs. [25kg] and it is now mandatory in the USA if you want to use your drone.  According to their rules, you’ll need to register before your first flight and you’ll have to be above the age of 13 to register online.

Either way, as several light-weight drones described as Nano-drones are hitting the markets now are lighter than 250 grams, there are still a mountain of options for you that you can operate without registration as described at their site.

Here are some of our Safety tips for Drones but do check out the FAA website for further guidelines and regulations if you want to stay completely up to date on this, as this post is just a short review of it all.

With the great increase in affordability of unmanned or remotely controlled aircraft, quadcopters and drones, flight and photography has become a huge and popular hobby for enthusiasts all over the place.

However, since these are still expensive pieces of equipment, able to cause serious harm to property and people there are some very important safety rules to keep in mind when you’re operating a drone or a quadcopter.

The first rule is to keep the aircraft in your direct line of sight at any time. If you can’t see your quadcopter, you can’t see where it’s going and what obstacles are in its way. As long as you can see it, you can respond quickly to its movements, and there is less chance that you’ll lose your radio connection between your controller and your aircraft. This significantly increases your possibilities of maintaining a safe and secure control over your aircraft.

Next make sure to stay well away from people, trees, buildings, and other things that your quadcopter may crash into. The minimum distance recommended is thirty feet, or just over nine meters. This to ensures that even if you lose control, you will not cause damage or injury to nearby people or structures. Also to help minimize damage to your quadcopter in event of a collision.

Since most manned aircrafts are required by law to keep above 500 feet above the ground, in order to give yourself a good wide berth to avoid collisions it’s a good idea, as well as a legally requirement in many areas, to keep your quadcopter under 400 feet above ground.

Keep at least five miles or eight kilometers away from airports, as your aircraft could be a hazard to planes taking off and landing. Always avoid manned aircraft, as you can cause a crash if your quadcopter interferes with their systems.

Never operate your aircraft, quadcopter or drone over people. These are dangerous pieces of equipment and if your quadcopter falls over a crowd, you can cause very serious injuries for which you can be held legally and economically responsible.

In order to gain the best control of your aircraft, practice flying at low elevations and in open spaces. This will minimize risk of damage, and damage caused while you’re still learning how to control your quadcopter.

When making adjustments in the course of your quadcopter, adjust your control stick in very small increments to avoid sudden, jerky movements. This will help keeping your craft under control.

Remember that smaller, lighter aircrafts are easier to control and safer to operate than heavier aircrafts. This is also reason why it is always best for newbies to start out with a smaller aircraft, drone or quadcopter.

You’ll find several small quadcopters and drones with or without cameras here under this category well suitable for newcomers into this exciting hobby!

The rotor blades can be extremely dangerous and have been known to cut off fingers of careless people. With this is mind, always keep your hands away from the rotorblades even when it is turned off..

Also remember: When performing maintenance on your quadcopter, always unplug or take out the battery from your machine.  This prevents the motors from accidentally being turned on while you’re fixing it, thus protecting you from serious damage.

Conclusion

As Drones become more popular among hobbyist as well as commercially we predict there will be further regulation so now you know where to go to keep up to date with the latest news. If you treat the health and safety aspects of this hobby seriously you will make sure you don’t harm yourself or others while continuing to have great fun in the process for years and years to come…

For more articles and reviews on both small nano drones or bigger drones and quadcopters please take a closer look under the different categories on this site, and please do share the fun and this website with your family and friends, thank you!

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