We get a ton of questions regarding our UAV’s and we thought we would compile a list to help everyone! If you have a question you don’t see here make sure to email, message or comment with the questions and we can answer it and add it to our list.
- Do you need a license to fly it?
A: You don’t need a certification to fly for hobby purposes but if you are going to use it for commercial purposes or for any compensation or furtherance of a business, then YES you do need to become part 107 certified. (see our blog about Hobbyist Vs Part 107 HERE)
- How fast does it go?
A: There are several types of drones and all have varying speeds. The maximum average speed of a drone is around 45mph.
- Can you take off from anywhere?
A: This is where things get a little tricky. You cannot take off from private property without permission, but you can take off from anywhere public. Depending on the state you live in and the ordinances of the towns, the areas you can launch from may differ. For example, some states prohibit launching from state owned parks, National parks are prohibited. However, if you launch from a public road and fly over these areas that is perfectly legal.
- Can you take pictures of me from my house?
A: Technically, if someone launches from public property and they fly by your house and your shades aren’t drawn they can legally take a photo of you. You can read the ‘Photographers Rights’ that have been around forever that break down this very thing. But remember, if you have a smartphone – your privacy has probably been invaded wayyyyy more than you probably know.
- How far away can you fly and how high can you go?
A: Some drones can go up to 4-5 miles away! But there are still UAV laws in place where UAV’s cannot go beyond visual line of sight. So even though UAVs can fly up to 4-5 miles away most of the time they aren’t. Legally, UAV’s can not go higher than 400 ft AGL (above ground level).
- How expensive is a drone?
A: UAV’s can range from $10-$1M – all depending on the needs of the buyer!
I’m sure there are a million more questions that we could answer but these we found were the top contenders for most frequently asked. Once again, if you have a question comment below or reach out and we would be happy to answer it.
Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your week!