Drone technology and aerial photography used to be something that could only be accomplished by a very select group of people who had a lot of resources at their disposal. From aerial photography shot from airplanes to hot-air balloons and birds, the history of this is something truly fascinating to observe.
Nowadays, drone technology is available commercially, and at affordable rates, which makes it easily accessible to anybody who wants to try their hand at drone photography. The number of drone pilots and photographers is increasing in droves, making it rather difficult to regulate the laws and policies surrounding these. If you’re interested in drone flying, but are unsure of where to start, here are some drone laws that you should take note of.
One of the very first things you should know is about registering your drone with the proper authorities. This registration is intended to make it easier for you to locate your drone if it ever gets lost in the middle of the flight. Since all registered drones are on one database, it should be easy enough for whoever found your drone to look up your drone’s registration number on the database and find you, the owner. It doesn’t take long to register your drone, and it’s a very simple process.
If you’re based in the United States, it is a legal requirement to register your drone if it weighs over 0.55 lbs. All you need to register is an Internet connection to connect to the FAA’s website, make an account, and pay the five dollar fee. If you’re located in another country however, you should definitely look up drone registration laws in that country, just to be sure, as laws may vary depending on the country.
Being certified for drone flying is only a requirement if you’re looking to get into drone piloting or aerial photography professionally. You’ll have to take an examination that test you on your knowledge for aeronautical matters. Once you take and pass the exam, you’re free to sell your professional aerial photography and videography services.
Knowing how far you can fly out your drone
There are certain regulations involving how high and how far you’re allowed to fly your drone. You’re required to fly your drone up till your line of sight, and you’re prohibited from flying in locations that are up to five miles from an airport or any other sensitive locations. Drone pilots are allowed to take their drones up to an altitude of 400 feet to avoid any accidents with larger aircraft.