How to Fly a Drone Safely – 3 Easy Steps to Follow!

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By: Lindsey Granger Posted: 4:18 PM, Mar 15, 2018

High tech drones stole the show at this year's Winter Olympics – but why wait every four years to see them in action? We spoke with Randy Eary, private pilot and instructor at Dart Drones Training Center, who says you don't have to be a rocket scientist to fly a drone. All you need is some coaching! Here are three ways you can fly a drone

 

1. Get in the Drone Zone

Step one is getting yourself into the drone zone – which doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Drones can help you soar into the world of flying starting at under 50 bucks! And they're growing in popularity every year. The Federal Aviation Administration currently has about a million commercial drones licensed. And the projection for year 2020 is expected to be as much as 4 and 7 million!

 

2. Drill Before You Drone

Safety in the drone world is paramount – which includes knowing the type of drone you’re flying, and how to use the remote controller. Randy says it's also important to understand the rules and regulations of the airspace where you're flying! “You don't wanna fly near airports; you don't want to fly near people; you don't want to fly over cars,” he warns. If you’re a new flyer looking to find out the rules, head over to FAA.gov.

 

3. Thumbs and Index Fingers are Key

And finally, hands-on preparation is super important. But there’s need to feel intimated or uncomfortable when handling the controllers. “You're going to use both of these joysticks to control the direction of the drone,” explains Randy. “It's all in these two thumbs, but it's also in this finger as well.” The index finger controls the gimble, or camera angle, and is the key to getting the money shot.  And don't worry – there are built in tools to make sure your drone won't come falling out of the sky! “If you get confused, thumbs off!” says Randy. “The drone will hover in place.” And what if you accidentally lose your drone, and your pilot skills? “You can use the return to home and land feature simply by pushing a button and the drone will fly back.” E.T. drone home!

 

These are three ways to soar into the future with drones!

 

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