Drones 400 Feet


Drones 400 Feet


Drones can reach incredible speeds, manage smooth maneuvers with their cutting propellers, and soar to unbelievable heights and distances. They can even do all of this while capturing high-quality photo and video. With all of their capabilities, drones have the potential to be dangerous and invasive if used incorrectly. One of the biggest safety concerns is that, if someone lost control of their drone while it was in the air, it could crash and damage property or it could injure people below. In response to these concerns, regulations have been made for flying drones for recreational use. These regulations are not widely enforced, but I think the phrase “better safe than sorry” is applicable here.


These are the regulations you need to follow when flying for recreation:

  • Avoid flying near stadiums or people
  • Do not fly above 400 feet
  • Stay away from any surrounding obstacles
  • Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport
  • Do not interfere with any manned aircraft and maintain a safe distance from them
  • Always keep the aircraft within your visual line of sight
  • Do not be reckless or careless with your drone
  • Your drone must not weigh any more than 55 pounds

You may be tempted to push beyond some of these boundaries saying “I’m a good flyer. So what if I fly higher than 400 feet?” While it’s true that most drones are capable of much more than what the regulations suggest, you’re going to run into issues when pushing your boundaries.

As far as the 400 feet rule is concerned, it’s true that many drones can reach up to more than a thousand feet. The DJI Inspire 1, for example, can reach an altitude of 4500m. But with this rule, you’re going to run into issues if you try to climb too much higher than this. First of all, the signal between you and your drone could become interrupted by a variety of things, causing the drone to become confused, and it may drop out of the sky. If it does drop out of the sky from more than 400 feet, it is going to cause a lot of damage to itself and anything in its way. This is mostly why it’s suggested you not fly directly overhead of anyone.

When flying higher than 400 feet, you also may have trouble gauging the distance between you and your drone, making accurate flight more difficult. On top of this, at higher altitudes, the atmosphere is thinner, making it much more difficult to control your drone. With less control there is more of a chance that you will have a flyaway on your hands.

You may not have gotten the full safety guidebook for Christmas, but now you know the basic rules for flying recreational drones, and you know why it’s so important to fly below 400 feet. Each regulation has its reasons for being in place, and staying within these boundaries is going to save you a lot of pain and money. So follow the rules—it’s just common sense.

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  • Ashley Smith
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