Recreational flying with a drone, what are the rules?
You have purchased your first own drone and naturally want to test it as quickly as possible. But what are the do's and don'ts when it comes to flying a drone? We have listed them for you.
- Filming or photographing your own events
A drone offers a completely different perspective for your photos and videos. A drone is therefore ideal if you have a (private) event and want to record this. Think of a wedding, soccer game or a house party. Keep in mind that you should always inform the people who are on the recordings of the images made.
- Take the drone on vacation
A drone is perfect for capturing beautiful natural landscapes from the air. Imagine how cool that one hilly landscape would look like on images from above. Or how cool it would be if you could fly a bit over the sea and shoot images of yourself with your friends on land. Do it! Your vacation images will certainly appeal to your friends. If you can also edit a little, you can make great content with it.
- View places that you normally cannot see
And I do not mean that you should now fly right next door, because people are not allowed to film unsolicited. But you can fly over the fence of a fenced area or view the roof of a beautiful building. So take a look at the construction site that has fences around it or the one abandoned place with a high fence around it. It is a bit mysterious to discover places that you cannot reach yourself that quickly.
- Use the tracking function
Are you someone who likes to do extreme sports or take beautiful walks? Then use the tracking function on your drone. This way you can record all the things you do from a different perspective, without having to control the drone yourself. You indicate what the "subject" is for the drone and it will follow you automatically. View the images of yourself later and enjoy.
- Money, money, money
A drone is a popular product for content makers. If you have purchased one yourself, you have become a content maker yourself. There are enough small companies that do not have a drone themselves, but are certainly not shy about beautiful images of their products or services. If you take a good approach, you can earn back the investment of your drone and save a little money yourself.
In addition to the things that are very cool to do, there are of course a number of things to keep in mind when it comes to flying with drones. Below are a number of don’ts about recreational flying with drones.
- Flying above crowds, airports or buildings
It naturally sounds very tempting to capture your favorite festival in the summer with a drone. Unfortunately this is not allowed. You may never capture people without permission. In addition, flying past airports and other no-fly zones is also prohibited. Quite logical when you consider that you can disrupt the entire air traffic with that little device of yours. Buildings are also out of the question: this is to prevent collisions and undesirable recording of people.
- Losing sight of the drone
The drone must always fly in the Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS). This means in simple language that you should always be able to see the drone. And then not see it on the screen of your phone, but see it flying in the sky. This is to prevent you from literally losing sight of the drone and causing accidents. Sounds logical, right? In addition, a drone may never fly higher than 120 meters above land or water.
- Flying in the dark
This is actually an extension of the previous point. Losing a drone in the dark is fairly easy. In addition, you do not see so much in the dark on your drone images, so this should not be a problem.
- Heavier loaded than 25 kg
This is not allowed, but now we assume that when purchasing your first drone you do not immediately purchase a thing of more than 25 kg. The weight of most entry drones is under 4 kg.
- Do not give aircraft priority
You must take other aircraft into account when flying a drone. You must therefore land immediately if you see another aircraft approaching. It is therefore not advisable to raise the drone in the event of an accident. So you can fly in the way of a possible trauma helicopter, that is of course not the intention.
Are you looking for a nice entry drone to fly? Then take a look at the Vizu DroneX22 (https://govizu.com/en/5-drones). This drone has a good camera for a reasonable price that can introduce you to flying a drone.
Do you have any tips or tricks for flying a drone yourself, or things that are definitely missing in this list? Then let us know.