Like many new technologies, innovations in the manufacturing of the product has increased the affordability of a drone and thus the number of people owning one. Year after year, more and more drones are landing in the hands of everyday Americans. However, due to the unfamiliarity and patchwork of regulations surrounding the new technology, many within the public don’t really understand the responsibilities of owning a drone. The following list entails some of the do’s and don’ts of owning a drone.
We often forget that drone technology is fairly new. Therefore, many functions of a drone are still prone to high risks of danger to those around it. This said owners should always charge their drone inside a cool, well-ventilated area. This is because heat is the #1 enemy of LiPo batteries and they are at their highest risk of exploding while charging. If the charger you’re intending to use to recharge your drone’s lithium-ion battery isn’t the one that came with it, don’t use it. Speaking of batteries, before using their drones, owners should inspect the battery for any defects. Properly dispose of any batteries that show swelling or any other physical damage.
Although you might be tempted to test drive your drone within the comfort of your backyard, your neighbors may not appreciate it. Privacy has been a huge topic of discussion when it comes to private drone ownership. Many think that drone owners can easily peer into another’s backyard or even into their homes. Though laws can differ from state to state and even city to city, always respect your neighbor’s privacy and test your drone in an area that is opened and approved for drone flying.
Technology has allowed us to utilize the power of a drone. Whether you’re a filmmaker or an aviation buff, drone technology has really allowed us to step up our game. However, we must remember that, as the Spiderman comics tell us, “with great power comes great responsibility.”