The world of drones is no doubt all the rage these days. This is all for a good reason since it is not only an affordable technology but enable an entirely unique perspective in the field of rotocopters. This therefore means that each day, someone will be taking off to the skies for the first time. However, it is not always easy to pilot a drone while operating the camera at the same time. By doing this, you risk not only the safety of your drone but also that of people around you. It is therefore important to take into consideration several safety tips before you make to the skies for the first time.
How much of a safety risk are they?
Imagine a sky filled with remotely-controlled automate drones doing all manner of activities from taking pictures and videos to delivering packages. This is a phenomenon that was just a form of science fiction a few years ago. It is now a reality and just like any other innovation, it comes with its own challenges and safety concerns. Currently, drones are being used by security personnel to evaluate crime scenes. On the other hand, Hobyist use is on the rise with commercial use just starting out. With all these, one would be tempted to ask; how safe are these pilot-less RotoCopters?
The concern for drone safety is not simply out of paranoia. There have been cases of disastrous results in yesteryears, especially for those starting out. The Washington post for instance reported that more than 400 military drones have fallen down the sky since 2001. This should be a cause for alarm. Drones should not be taken simply as some harmless toys. In fact, some high-end commercial models can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h. A drone runs the possibility of colliding with other airborne aircraft. There have been cases where drones have almost collided with passenger planes, putting the lives of its occupants at risk.
Safety measures before the first flight
For the first time, it is expected that you will make a few blunders before you get the drift. It is therefore advisable that you practice in an open field far from cars, people, trees and houses. Flying a drone is all about muscle memory. It is important to practice for a few weeks before you gain the confidence to use it on set. To be on the safe side, do not fly above 500 feet or near airports; you do not want to run the risk of crashing into a plane. Even with this, you will appreciate the fact that altitude restrictions change based on where you are flying. Ensure that you Google for UAV rules for a given area before flying.
Luckily, there have not been any serious cases related to drones in terms or injuries. However, there is need to have more specific and enforceable laws that will keep the public safe. Otherwise, you can enjoy the thrill that comes with flying one as long as you take measures to stay safe.