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When I decide I want something I usually jump straight in with both feet, and do it but I decided this is not the best thing with the drone I want to buy. I am doing so much research and planning before buying this new gadget I am starting to wonder what’s wrong with me.
Over the last few days I have spent several hours scoring Youtube and watching various drone related videos, and I have to question what is wrong with some people. Most of the videos are of drones being flown in, what I would consider safe and sensible areas (deserts, parks, the beach and other large open areas) but there are other videos of drones being flown in residential areas, towns and even city centers.
I admit that I know very little about drones, after all I have still yet to buy one, but common sense would tell me that flying drones in built up areas and areas full of people is not only dangerous but also stupid. I have seen plenty of “drone crash” videos (all of which were in open areas with no buildings, cars or people) and it seems crashing a drone is quite easy, even for experienced drone pilots. With this in mind, why do people choose to fly drones where there is not only property to damage, but also people? If the wrong circumstances a drone could easily maim or kill someone. Could you have that on your conscience? I know I couldn’t.
Below is just one of the many videos of footage captured with a drone flying over a city center. Sensible or not?
I agree a birds eye view of a city is interesting - but think of the consequences if this drone decided to do a "fly away" and crash landed somewhere in the city.........
Before I go and invest in a drone I am doing a bit of groundwork and finding some suitable places where I can learn to fly a drone. I am fortunate that I live quite close to the coast (it is a forty mile round trip) but with the coast typically windy I am not so sure it is the best place for a total newbie to learn to fly a drone. Okay, there will be days when there will be no wind/breeze at all but these days are going to be few and far between, and I don’t know what the conditions are going to be like until I actually get to the coast – and do I want to do a forty mile trip on the off chance? Hmmm….
There are some fields and recreation areas a little closer to home, but I have no idea who the landowners are or where to seek permission, so this is going to require even more digging.
I know there are many people out there, some of whom may even end up reading this, who would say “just get out there and fly it” but with the tightening up of drone laws and use and members of the general public starting to get a bit of a “hatred” of drones, I want to make sure I do everything right and be a responsible owner/pilot.
So yes, maybe I am overthinking it a bit but I think this is one thing I do need to be very careful with. With this in mind I am currently scouting the local area, and using Google earth (what a useful tool this is!) and creating a list/data bases of locations where I can fly a drone without too many issues.
Drone and aerial photography video playlist that may be of interest