You Bought Your First Drone, Now What?


One lesson every beginner has to take when engaging in an activity for the first time is a beginner’s course. Such is the case when it comes to understanding your drone as drone 101 is basically the foundation you need to build on for everything drone-related. Have this at the back of your hand and everything else seems like a piece of cake.

It is quite natural that for a first time drone flier, the first reaction after getting your drone would be to test it but even the sales person you bought it from would tell you that the drones are not meant to be toyed with without prior knowledge unless you are ready to keep paying a high price for new ones. You definitely do not want to have to buy a new drone mere weeks after getting the first one so be cautious. Try to learn as much as you can about your gadget including how to make it fly, what precautions to take etc. The last thing you’ll want is to crash your drone, and require a drone repair expert.

The following should serve as a guide:

Know the Laws

First things first, get yourself acquainted with what your state says about drone flying. If your county or neighborhood has any drone specific laws, familiarize yourself with them. This can come in handy in future so that you can be able to explain to individuals who feel you are overstepping your boundaries that you are within rights of the law. Knowing the law can also prevent you from making mistakes that you can easily avoid.

Register Online

If you read the FAA rules and regulations about the drone flying alongside any other state specific laws, then you are meant to know that drone flier who have drone technology weighing between 0.55 to 55 pounds are required no mandated to register. The fee attached to the registration is $5 so it basically costs you nothing and you have no excuses to do so since it can be easily done online. The registration shows that you are attesting to the laws of the FAA in line with the recreational use of drones. The registration process ends with you getting a registration number for your drone and in the case of losing it, the registration number can be used to trace it back to you.

Read the Manual

The good thing about technology is that most of the gadgets come with a how-to manual. If you are lucky to have a manual in your drone package, then be advised that reading it from cover to cover is the best way to understand everything about it. If your drone does not come with one, then no need to fear as the internet is a place that stores up on the information you can find handy and drone how-tos can definitely be found there. The manual would most likely contain information on how to charge the battery of the drone, how to replace damaged propeller, maintenance of the drone etc.