Drone FAQs

Drone FAQs

ARE DRONES DANGEROUS?

There are many different types of drones from tiny micro drones to drones used for agriculture, science, and search and rescue. Some are more dangerous than others.  Micro Drones like Tiny Whoops, for example, might catch in your hair if they land on your head. Larger drones could cut flesh with their propellers if the pilot is not careful. There is also a risk of fire when charging batteries improperly. For the most part consumer and commercial drones are perfectly safe.

ARE DRONES ALLOWED TO FLY IN PARKS?

United States answer: While drones are banned from National Parks (except in certain areas), they are still allowed in most State Parks, beaches, and historic parks. The best thing to do is check your local laws and regulations, or even call ahead to find out if you are legally able to fly at your local park.

HOW FAR CAN DRONES FLY?

This varies greatly based on the type of drone. The very small drones have a limited range, and most FPV drones are limited to less than a mile by video signal. Consumer photography drones can fly up to seven miles. It is important to note that the law requires a visual line of sight on the drone. If you can’t see the drone with your naked eye (assisted only with glasses), then you’re flying too far and need to return.

ARE DRONES SPYING ON ME? CAN THEY SEE INTO MY BOAT OR HOME?

While there surely have been a few cases of harassment by drones, for the most part drone pilots are not spying. It is extremely difficult to see inside of a building, sometimes due to glare from the glass and sometimes due to distance. It is very difficult to make out details from higher altitudes. Generally it is safe to assume the drone is minding its own business.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET STARTED FLYING?

This answer varies greatly depending on which sort of drone you’re interested in purchasing, what sort of flying you’re interested in, and what your expected level of involvement will be. If you’re looking to get into FPV racing, you can get a great start with quality gear for around $500 including goggles, radio, drone, and battery. Beginning photography drones can start around $300 for used last season’s gear, which will do you plenty solid until you’re ready to commit. If you’re looking for just a fun micro drone setup to fly around your living room, check out this great kit from ProgressiveRC.