RC drones are becoming increasingly popular each year. If you’re a beginner, there are places where you should (and should not) practice your flying skills. If you fly in the wrong places, then you could lose your drone, have it confiscated by Police, or in serious cases, get arrested. To avoid that, let’s look at 5 places where you shouldn’t learn how to fly drones.
You might think that the backyard is the perfect place to practice your flying skills. After all, it’s secluded, so it shouldn’t be a problem, right? Wrong. Unless you live in a rural area without many neighbors, chances are that you are surrounded by other homes. If you make a mistake with your drone, it could easily go flying onto someone’s home, vehicle, or worse, even hit someone.
#2: Wooded Areas
Although wooded areas are free from people and houses, they’re not the best place to practice flying drones. It’s way too easy to lose your drone in the trees. Remember that when flying via FPV, your peripheral vision will be cut way back. As a result, you’ll be more likely to hit a branch and wreck your drone. And that’s if you’re lucky. The worst-case scenario is that you lose your drone altogether. Do yourself a favour and avoid wooded areas.
#3: Over Water
If you’re big on drones, you’ve probably see videos of people flying their drones over lakes, rivers, and even the ocean. I don’t know about you, but I consider those people brave flyers. All it takes is a gust of wind or dead battery to send your drone into the watery abyss. And unless you have a waterproof drone, it most likely won’t work after impact. If you’re going to practice your drone flying skills over water, make sure that you buy a drone that’s waterproof.
#4: Over People
Not only is flying over people irresponsible, it’s also against the law. You could seriously hurt someone. Imagine if you had a drone like the DJI Inspire 2. That’s a relatively heavy drone. If it were to fall out of the air and hit someone, it could cause some serious damage. Now something light like the Parrot Bebop 2 might not have enough weight to hurt someone, but you still shouldn’t fly it over people just in case. Be responsible and don’t fly over the people.
Flying a drone indoors can be tricky since there’s not a lot of space to work with. If you’ve got a smaller model like the Cheerson CX-10 or Proto X, then them indoors is fine. These drones are so small that if they were to hit something (or someone), they would cause minimal to no damage. Larger drones like the DJI Phantom 4 or Solo Smart Drone should not be flown indoors. Unless you live in a mansion, there simply won’t be enough space to maneuver these larger models indoors.
So, Where Can You Fly Drones?
At this point you might be wondering, “Okay, so where should I fly drones then?” Great question! Basically, anywhere that’s not surrounded by people or homes will suffice. Personally, I’m a big fan of flying drones at the park (assuming there aren’t many people around). Just be aware that some parks don’t allow you to fly drones.
If you do and get caught, you could have your drone confiscated by police, be arrested, or both.
If you live in or near the desert, like Nevada or Arizona for example, then there are plenty of empty areas where you can practice your flight skills. You can also fly on the beach if there’s no people around. Just be careful that beaches are very windy, and can send your drone hurling towards the ground in a single gust. Good luck and fly safe everyone!