US Drone Law
Cutting Edge Legal Analysis for
Cutting Edge Drone Technology
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Frequently Asked Questions
A drone should not be flown more than 400 feet into the air and should not be flown within 5 miles of an airport. You also cannot fly a drone around major events or crowds. Otherwise, you are pretty much free to fly your drone wherever you can safely do so. Your backyard, an open field at a park, or a larger acreage owned by a friend are all possible locations for flying your drone.
Most drones have a battery life of 10-20 minutes. However, newer drones hitting the market are claiming flight times of up to 90 minutes. Because drone technology is exploding so rapidly, new drones with new capabilities are being released every day.
The range of each drone differs based on the drone itself and the capabilities of the power of the drones batteries. The specific characteristics of each flight (flight speed, wind speed, etc) also affect a drone’s flight range. Many drones can also be modified to add additional battery power.
Flying a drone does take some practice, but the controls are intuitive. We recommend you start with a simple $30-$50 no-camera drone to get a feel for flying these machines. There will be some crashes, so just expect that and be thankful you did not start off with a $500 drone. If you become comfortable flying a lower-end drone, then you will have no problems mastering the more expensive drones.