Drones can be hazardous if operated incorrectly. If you are new to drones, we recommend learning on a mini-drone to first learn the ropes. Make safety your first priority, and always follow these best practices.

Maintain Altitudes Under 400 ft.

Never fly above 400 ft. (120 m); doing so places you in restricted airspace that can interfere with manned aircraft.

Proper Handling

Spinning propellers can cause serious injury; always disarm (turn off the motors) before handling the propellers. It is important to make sure that you and any spectators keep a safe distance from the drone. Don’t take off with the drone facing towards you or fly directly over your head.

Never fly within five miles of any airport.

To prevent conflict between your drone and manned aircraft, always fly at least five miles (eight kilometers) away from all airports and other locations where manned aircraft are in use. Research your area to find all areas of restricted airspace near you.

Never fly above people.

Avoid flying above people at all costs. Always maintain at least 100 feet (30 meters) between your drone and people, vehicles, and buildings. This rule is important for flying near crowds, buildings, and roads due to potential hazards from unplanned landings.

Keep clear of stadiums.

As recently mandated by the FAA, drones and other unmanned aircraft are strictly forbidden from flying near or above stadiums.

Avoid inclement weather.

Flying in inclement weather will result in abnormal flight behavior. It is best to wait for calm skies to avoid damaging your drone and surrounding property.