When flying a drone for the first time, there are a lot of things that could potentially go wrong. From losing your drone in the skies to losing control of its direction. Worse yet, your drone could come crashing to the ground when you least expect it! These consequences are usually a result of lack of experience with drones, however, you can also avoid any mishaps by choosing the right location to fly your drone in the first place.
As a new drone user, it might be difficult not to think about all the things that could go wrong on your first drone flight, but with practice and the right know-how, you’ll have all the right tools to take to the skies with ease! That’s why we’ve provided our top tips on where not to fly your drone so that you can have a safe first flight.
1. Near or around airports
UK drone law for 2018 states that a ban on flying drones near airports is due to be introduced in the new drone bill coming into action later this year. There have been a number of cases of drones flying into aircrafts and posing a threat to people, wildlife and buildings and the ban will help to reduce this threat.
Make sure you’re not flying your drone near any airports or aircraft bases to keep yourself and the people around you safe from harm, and to avoid getting in trouble with the law further down the line.
If you’re taking your drone on a plane rather than near one, don’t forget to read our complete drone travelling guide for a smooth travel experience.
2. Public events
Even though events such as festivals and carnivals are usually held in open spaces such as parks, this doesn’t mean that it’s safe to fly your drone there.
As a general rule of thumb, you should never fly your drone in places with crowds of people, even more so if you’re an inexperienced drone user. Stick to wide, open spaces away from crowds to avoid any mishaps.
3. No-fly zones
If you’re wondering ‘where can I fly my drone in the UK?’, there are a number of online resources that can help you to find this information.
The places that you absolutely cannot fly your drone in the UK are called ‘no-fly zones’ and it is a criminal offense to use your drone in these locations. No Fly Drones provides a handy map of the locations in the UK with no fly zones, however, it’s always best to check with the official UK Civil Aviation Authority before flying your drone for the first time to make sure.
4. Bodies of water
Even for experienced drone users, flying near bodies of water is an accident waiting to happen, so be sure to avoid these locations when flying for the first time. If your drone crashes into the sea or into a lake on your flight, it’s likely that you’ll never see it again, so playing it safe can help you to avoid any expensive mishaps!
5. Woodland areas
If you crash your drone flying over a forest, finding it again is almost as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack! Not only this, even professional drone users have trouble navigating through forests and woodland areas, so it’s best to avoid these locations for your first time.
This one’s a no-brainer – you should never fly your drone indoors! Factors such as the lack of space, expensive electronics and of course, the presence of any family and friends, means that a lot of things could go wrong if you fly your drone indoors.
Whilst it’s slightly safer to practise with smaller toy drones indoors, flying outside poses less risks so it’s wise to stick to the outdoors for your first flight.
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7. Housing estates
There are a number of features of housing estates that make them unsuitable to fly in, including:
- They’re densely populated
- Tall street lights that could be crashed into
- Houses that are close together
Flying well away from housing estates can help you to keep everyone and everything around you safe.
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