July 2, 2020
Drones are great tools for businesses and hobbyists who want to add to their repertoire of skills. Taking a new drone out for a flight is fun and exciting, but there are some precautions you’ll need to take to ensure the safety of your drone. Flying a drone successfully can be more complicated than most imagine, and not being prepared can end in disaster for your drone, or even leave you in legal trouble. Let’s look at some safety tips for flying your drone this summer.
Make Sure Your Drone is Ready for Flight
Making sure your drone is fully charged is an essential part of getting it ready to fly. Though they have come a long way, drone batteries don’t last very long, meaning your drone could quickly run out of battery before safely making it back to you. In addition to ensuring the battery is fully charged, you’ll also want to check all of the drone’s propellers before flight, as well as calibrate the drone’s compass.
Research the Flight Location
Knowing the area where you are flying your drone is another important part of a successful flight. Wide open spaces are the best areas for flying, because your drone will be less likely to run into anything. Some areas are restricted, so researching the area ahead of time is important and can prevent hefty fines. National parks are one area that drones are not permitted, as well as many other residential areas.
Register Your Drone
If your drone is over a certain weight, it will need to be registered before it can be flown. Drones over .55lbs must be registered through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Once your drone is registered, you’ll need to carry your registration with you when you fly your drone so that it can be presented if a police officer asks to see it. Your registration is also valid for anyone else flying your drone, so long as they have a copy of the registration on them at the time.
Insure Your Drone
Accidents happen to even the most careful flyers, and insurance can not only cover the cost of damage to your drone, but also damage to anything it may run into. Drones have the potential to damage surrounding structures and areas, as well as cause harm to others who may be in their path. Insuring your drone is an essential part of protecting your investment, as well as yourself.
Get the Drone Flight Protection You Need
At American Heritage Insurance Agency, we offer drone insurance to help you keep your drone and yourself covered in the event of an accident. We are here to help you with all your Carroll County drone insurance needs. Our expert team will help you find the perfect policy, whether your drone is used for business, or recreation. Give us a call today to get started!