Becoming a drone pilot can seem daunting, but Green says drones aren’t hard to operate. Rather, the more important concerns are being safe and playing by the rules. “People don’t pay attention to safety; they think drones aren’t as serious as they really are,” says Green. Unsafe piloting can lead to big fines and can put people and environments at risk. In response to drones’ increasing popularity, the FAA has tightened up their regulations, making it even more important to know the rules. Watch out for crowds, respect others’ privacy, and make sure you know where you can and cannot legally fly. Learn more about getting a pilot’s license and the rules you must abide by here.
Also good to keep in mind, most drones have a battery life of 30 minutes or less. Make sure to plan your piloting sessions accordingly and pack extra batteries.