Drones Done Wrong

Drones can easily travel at speeds in excess of 50 mph.  The propellers on a drone spin at 24,000 rpm.  Altitudes that can interfere with commercial airline and public safety or military aircraft can readily be achieved with many drones.  The FAA has safety guidelines which must be followed for safe operations.  These protect persons and property on the ground, as well as other aircraft which may be operating in the vicinity. 

If you see a drone being operated illegally (i.e., for business purposes by a non-licensed operator) or in an manner which endangers persons or property, contact your local police department, sheriff's department, or state police. You may refer them to the FAA Law Enforcement Guide for Suspected Unauthorized UAS Operations. You can also report to the FAA Flight Standards District Office.

Here are some of the key FAA Safety Guidelines:
  • Daytime flight only (unless granted an FAA waiver).
  • Never fly over groups of people, stadiums, or public events.
  • Never fly over 400 feet above ground level.
  • Be aware of airspace restrictions.
  • Keep the aircraft in visual line of sight at all times (no FPV).
  • Respect privacy.
  • Never fly near other aircraft, airports, or helipads.
  • Never fly near emergencies, wildfires, or hurricane relief efforts.
  • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



A Few Examples

What happens when safety precautions are not followed?  Here are a few videos that make the point.

Gopro Karma Drone Quadcopter Crashes Into Crowd At Baseball Game

Six people are injured when drone crashes into crowd

Drone Crashes Into Crowd

Expensive Drone Crashes Into Car