The world of personal aerial drones is upon us and each state may have distinctive laws regulating their use not to mention federal laws as well. We are aiming to provide you with up-to-date and accurate information regarding the use of personal drones in your area.
Updates? While we strive to bring you up-to-date information, if you want to let us know of new developments in your area, we encourage you to contact us or leave a comment below! Also make sure to stay updated with the drone industry, for example, we recommend My Dear Drone who is a new review site for quadcopters and UAV.
Starting with a recent ban in Yosemite National Park in California, all 58 National Parks have banned the use of personal drones. CNN article.
The current situation with federal law in relation to drone use a bit of a quagmire as the FAA has decreed that it prohibits the use of drones for “commercial” purposes despite any apparent legislative backing or the ability to enforce any claims. This, however, has not prevented the agency from citing drone photographers with a $10,000 fine, making threatening phone calls, and sending cease and desist letters.
To prove that Class 1 and Class 2 drones are extremely safe we put Scotty’s ass to the test. We crashed an Estes Proto X Nano, a Hubsan X4 H107D, and a Syma X5C directly into his bare cheeks. You’ll have to see the video to see how his rump fares when faced with the spinning blades of a consumer drone.
Certainly, there is always a risk when playing with electric motors, LiPo batteries, and spinning propellers. We only condone safe and legal flying and don’t want anyone to do anything stupid. Clearly, your face should always be protected and it is always better to power down before a crash.
You’ll notice in the video I have a habit of powering down before a crash. This is something I’ve trained myself to do. I find my propellers and motors last a lot longer, and I’m much less likely to damage something else.
LiPo batteries are a serious safety concern as well. You should always be present when charging, and be careful with puffy batteries. If a battery is punctured it is best to discharge it and dispose of it.
Class 3 and Class 4 multi-rotors are much more dangerous and require a more careful pilot and crew. We do not recommend flying a DJI Phantom or especially and Yuneeq Q500 into your ass. There are plenty of cases of people cutting themselves pretty seriously and occasionally requiring stitches.
In the story of poor 18-month old Oscar Webb, he lost his eye to an idiotic drone pilot flying a 250mm size FPV racer. Being responsible is always necessary when operating any type of remote-controlled craft.
It is very important that you understand how dangerous the drone you are purchasing for your children is this Xmas. Our Class 1 and Class 2 rated drones are going to be extremely safe. They don’t weigh much, and their blades aren’t spinning that fast.
They can tangle in hair and shred up nice linens, they can get caught in the dog or Uncle Bob’s beard. They can sting a bit if you power up when holding them, and they can knock over all sorts of things. Be careful out there no matter what and always fly responsibly.