When I was a kid I knew a couple guys that had a remote control airplane. Not everyone was fortunate to have one, but if you did you were always open to show off your flying skills. Through the years, the prices have come down a bit, but still pricey for a quality one.

Then drones came onto the scene and anyone can afford them and have them. Still people enjoy showing off their flying skills and can do that by just showing the video they created.

Did you know that if you have a drone, there are certain rules you must follow? Because drones have become so popular and advanced, you have to make sure to follow the rules or you could cause harm or damage to others and face charges.

A quick YouTube search and you can see drone footage from all over Wyoming, so you know it's legal...but when, where, why and how you fly them is important. There is also a difference in rules when you're using a drone for recreational use or commercial use and the difference could cost you. Here's what the FAA says about the difference between the two.

Non-recreational purposes include things like taking photos to help sell a property or service, roof inspections, or taking pictures of a high school football game for the school's website. Goodwill or other non-monetary value can also be considered indirect compensation. This would include things like volunteering to use your drone to survey coastlines on behalf of a non-profit organization. Recreational flight is simply flying for fun or personal enjoyment.

If you're looking to advance from recreational to commercial drone user, Know Before You Fly.org is a great source for information and resources for your advancement.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has a few safety tips that will help you in following the federal drone rules.

  • Fly at or below 400 ft.
  • Keep your drone within your line of sight
  • Know the FAA airspace requirements
  • Register your drone
  • Don't fly your drone under the influence
  • Never fly near airports
  • Don't fly over people
  • Stay away from emergency situations
  • Respect the privacy of others

A YouTuber named Nicholas Taylor has made videos about 'drone laws' for all 50 States and if you're thinking about getting a drone, I thought it would be an easy way for you to learn them.

Here is an example of commercial drone use.

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