Flying a drone should be a fun experience, but it’s hard to do that when you’re always worried about where you can and can’t fly your drone. This blog will look at the different places where you can fly your drone and the places where you can’t.
If you are a drone enthusiast, odds are you have considered getting a DJI drone and flying it in your backyard. DJI is the world’s top manufacturer of drones and has been making technological advances for the past few years. DJI drones are becoming more and more popular and it is no surprise that people are thinking about flying their drones.
Can You Fly a DJI Drone Anywhere?
Drone flying can be so exhilarating that some enthusiasts don’t even wait to get home before they take off their new toy! However, you may be surprised to learn that not everywhere allows the flight of drones—whether commercial or recreational—and if you want to fly your DJI drone, you’ll need to know where it’s legal. To make sure you always know where you can fly your drone, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about flying a DJI drone wherever you go.
How far can you fly your drone?
Much like you need to keep an eye on your altitude when flying any drone, you’ll also want to consider where drones are allowed and where they aren’t. For example, drones are prohibited from flying within 5 miles of airports.
Even if you think it might be legal to fly your drone in an area that isn’t specifically designated as off-limits, always check first with local authorities—you don’t want to get in trouble or jeopardize a flight due to poor planning. Know what restrictions exist so you can plan accordingly!
Know The Rules First
The FAA announced new rules in June 2016 to allow commercial drone use. Before that, if you wanted to fly a drone for business purposes, you would have needed special permission from your local aviation authority. The new rule eliminates that—as long as you are flying for non-recreational purposes and keep your drone below 400 feet.
However, it also changed who is responsible for enforcing these laws; instead of local aviation authorities, it will be up to each state’s attorney general or governor’s office of homeland security (depending on where you live). At any rate, it’s always good practice to know what your rights are first—before you get started in earnest.
Update Your Firmware
Before you fly your drone anywhere, check to make sure that its firmware is up-to-date. Drones are controlled by software known as firmware, which helps keep everything functioning properly. Many software updates improve functionality and safety—for example, preventing drones from flying out of their user’s line of sight.
In certain cases, updated firmware can also help reduce interference between multiple drones operating in close proximity. To update your drone’s firmware: connect it to your computer via USB cable; launch its piloting app; use menu options to select check for update or firmware upgrade. Once completed, fly with confidence knowing that you have an up-to-date set of instructions telling your drone how to behave!
Get Familiar With the Controls
All of today’s most popular drone brands have made it possible to fly in beginner mode. This means that when you’re first getting started, all you have to do is look at your remote control and find what looks like an airplane icon. The up arrow usually moves up, down usually moves down, and so on—it doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Make sure to pay attention to how high or low your drone can fly—some can only go up 100 feet off of the ground, while others can go as high as 400 feet. Having full control over where your drone flies (and how high) is one of the most important things you should consider when deciding on a new brand.
Don’t Forget To Check The Weather
Before you leave your home to go flying, make sure you check with Flight Forks to see if there are any restrictions on where you can fly your drone. In some places, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) might be in place due to things like wildfire or disaster recovery efforts; other areas could have temporary flight restrictions due to military activity.
And just because a particular area isn’t restricted doesn’t mean it’s legal—in many places, flying drones for commercial use is still against the law. It pays to check before takeoff and make sure you comply with whatever regulations exist in your area; if something goes wrong, at least you can say that you did everything possible to fly safely and legally.
If you have any other questions about where it is legal to fly your DJI drone or if you are wondering about the regulations around this in your area, don’t hesitate to reach out today. We are always happy to help and would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!