Be Careful When Gifting A Drone This Holiday Season

Gift-giving is a lot of fun and is full of excitement, as it should be.  That being said, there are some unofficial rules that you should follow if you’re going to be looking at gifting a drone.  Drones are more popular now than ever, but just like a lot of things in the technological world, you need to be cautious with what you buy.  There are some superior options, and inferior options, and a whole set of characteristics that you need to learn about in order to give the right drone to your loved one.


Understand the rules of drone-flight


There are certain FAA rules that need to be followed by both recreational and commercial drone pilots. So, make sure that you are aware of that and also that your loved one is aware of that as well.  For instance, drone pilots are required to be in line of sight with their drones at all times.  They also must be flying below 400 feet to be legal.  They aren’t allowed to fly in low visibility conditions, or in high winds.  There are a lot of rules and they need to be followed. As with any other industry, those that don’t follow the rules make it harder on those who do, so be sure not to be “that guy”.


Make sure it’s legal


There are certain places that won’t allow commercial drones, and there are some places that won’t allow recreational or commercial drones to fly. Be aware of that and make sure that you follow those laws.  You don’t want to get slapped with a fine or a lawsuit. Also be aware that you aren’t in a “no fly zone” such as near hospitals or airports.  You have rules to follow, and a drone is more of a hobby or business and isn’t to be seen as a toy, even if you are only flying it for recreational.


Get a good deal


While there are drones with poor and high quality, you don’t want to go with top of the line, professional drone options if your loved one doesn’t have a strong interest in being a commercial drone pilot. Get a reasonable price on a medium-high quality drone so that you aren’t spending your entire Christmas budget on that one item for that one person.  Watch out for impossibly low prices, too, because it might be a scam. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is. Nothing like getting a gift that has to be returned due to it not working.


There’s going to be a lot of them out there


Understand that this is the gift of the year. So, you’re going to have a lot of kids and adults putting drones into the air with little to no experience in how to fly them.  So, be careful where you fly them and listen for an “out of control” drone on the go.


Drones are fun hobbies and are sure to be popular among pilots of all ages, so getting one for the holidays isn’t a bad idea, just be aware of what you’re getting and all of the responsibilities that go along with it! Check out these Christmas drone tips to help you and your loved one.

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