Safety first: What you should know if you plan to fly drones


droooooneDrones are everywhere these days. We’ve already covered how to protect yourself from other people’s drones– but what if you want to pilot your own? Here are some tips to keep your flights safe and productive.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics Club has put together an education-focused campaign to teach new drone enthusiasts the rules of the air. More information can be found here. Their mobile app, “B4UFLY“, will use the GPS in users’ phones to show where drones can and can’t fly.


Here are are a few simple guidelines for those thinking of flying for the first time:

• Consider seeking help from a local community-based organization, like AMA, to learn to fly.

• Unless operating within an established community-based safety program, fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.

• Remain well clear of, and do not interfere with, manned aircraft operations. You must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.

• Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet from individuals and vulnerable property.

• Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport.