You unwrap your new drone, charge up the batteries and can’t wait to test it under the open skies. But there are a few things you need to know before you take flight. Unmanned aircraft are subject to Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) rules that govern when, how and where you can fly a drone. They also are subject to state and possibly local regulations. Drones are capable of causing significant property damage or personal injury, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have appropriate insurance.
“As soon as it goes airborne, the drone can create risks,” says Nate Stanton, of Travelers Property Claim. Drone operators who don’t take the time to set up proper fail-safes and other safety features such as the “return to home” setting may lose their drones on the first run if something goes wrong. Take the time to read through the owner’s manual. It will provide information on all the features designed to keep your drone safe, as well as how high winds a can affect the drone’s operation and its ability to return home.
Here are some other considerations to know before you fly: