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
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
- 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
- Never fly near emergencies, wildfires, or hurricane relief
- 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
Expensive Drone Crashes Into Car