April 10, 2015

Tips for Flying a Drone or Quadcopter

How to fly your drone or quadcopter safely when starting out

Post updated January 2018: Have you recently bought a Phantom 2/3 quadcopter, drone or UAV? It is all too tempting to go out  and fly it anywhere and everywhere taking photos and videos of all you see. Many people have been flying a drone without really thinking about it and that could land them in trouble.

Flying a Drone

Reality will soon bite when you either hurt someone, damage their property or cause an accident. You might even face prosecution if you invade someone's privacy or cause a nuisance. The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in the UK/Europe and the FAA in the USA are both clamping down on illegal and unauthorised flying and the fines/penalties can be quite severe.

I have written an extensive article outlining basic suggestions when taking up this cool hobby or business that will help to:

  • Keep you and others safe
  • Follow CAA rules and regulations
  • Steer clear of "no fly" zones
  • Convince others that this is safe
  • Have fun!

After all, if you do things right from the start, who knows where it could lead? Since writing this article, I have become a qualified UAV pilot which means I can fly commercially. Or make money with my drone.

I have flown in some incredible places such as the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London and also filming incoming cruise ships in Weymouth and Portland. I have also flown and filmed for the BBC, Channel 4 and a Pinewood Studios documentary.

The world is your oyster in this "still very new" industry so do it the right way starting today!

Use the link below, have a good read and enjoy this wonderful hobby…you may even turn it into a business one day!

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