Is it Legal to Fly a DJI Drone | JC Drones

Flying a drone can be fun, but it can also be pretty dangerous. The last thing you want to do is run into trouble with the law. In this blog, we will look at the different aspects of drone flying and whether it’s legal or not in many different countries.

The use of drones has become more and more popular in the last few years, but flying a drone is not without its legal problems. In fact, many people are not even aware that they are breaking the law when they fly. This blog will look at the laws around flying a drone and what you should consider if you are looking to buy a drone.

Is it Legal to Fly a DJI Drone?

Anyone who has seen the photo or video capabilities of an off-the-shelf DJI drone will have likely asked themselves, Is it legal to fly a DJI drone? The answer may surprise you. In this article, we’ll go over some of the rules and regulations regarding flying drones in the United States and where to find them, as well as how you can avoid breaking any laws when you take to the skies with your new quadcopter!

Exemption From FAA Registration

A special rule currently allows drones that weigh less than 0.55 pounds to be operated by hobbyists without an FAA waiver. To qualify, your drone must fly under 120 mph, within your line of sight, and within 5 miles of an airport.

The good news is that you’re probably flying below these requirements anyway; for example, according to Amazon’s promotional material for its Firefly drone (the cheapest one we could find), the device can hover at up to 50 feet in altitude and travels around 15 miles per hour with a controller or 10 miles per hour autonomously.

Supervise Children Flying Drones

If you’re supervising your kids as they fly their drones, remember that you’re responsible for anything they do while they’re under your supervision. If they get hurt or break something while flying a drone, you could be held liable for damages. Kids (or adults) need instruction and supervision before flying a drone.

Don’t expect them to just get it. The process can take time, even if you have prior experience flying drones. And adult supervision is required at all times when flying in populated areas—regardless of experience level. Drones can travel at high speeds and run into people who aren’t paying attention with tragic consequences.

No-Fly Zones

The majority of places are generally safe. However, there are some areas that have been deemed no-fly zones by federal law enforcement. The majority of these no-fly zones fall within military installations or around other sensitive areas where flying drones could be potentially dangerous or disruptive.

If you have any intentions of flying your drone in one of these no-fly zones, you’ll need special permission from Congress and/or FAA before taking off. If you don’t obtain consent, however, your drone may be seized by federal officials and you may receive a fine of up to $25,000 as well as jail time for up to three years.

Don’t Lose Your Drone

In early 2016, a federal court ruled that flying drones for commercial purposes is illegal. This ruling has caused some confusion because it’s not clear what constitutes commercial purposes. If you’re just doing something small—like taking pictures of your wedding at home—you might assume that you can do what you want.

But don’t jump to conclusions. Just because no one’s paying you doesn’t mean your flight is legal. If anything, using a drone for personal use could make things worse if there are any questions about whether your flight constitutes commercial activity.

Know-How Dangerous It Can Be if Stolen

Drones have grown in popularity over recent years, and with them, so has their value on the black market. In 2014, as many as 500 drones were stolen in an eight-month period. Some of these devices are reported stolen after they crash or run out of power; other times, they’re taken outright while operators are flying them. Either way, it’s highly advisable to register your drone with its manufacturer.

Just by doing so, you greatly increase your chances of getting your property back if—or when—the worst happens. Additionally, be sure to follow all federal laws and regulations before taking off for your first flight; some states prohibit recreational drone use entirely, for example.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. As you’ve seen, there are quite a few rules and regulations in place to help us all avoid breaking the law when we take to the skies with our new quadcopter. The next time you want to fly your drone, be sure to check out the rules and regulations in place so that you can fly legally, stay safe, and most importantly, have fun!