The holidays are over, and Santa’s sleigh is back at the North Pole. That doesn’t mean the skies are empty, however.
Hundreds of thousands, if not a million, drones were likely given as holiday gifts in 2015, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates. That’s a lot of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (the official term) flying around. And, with very real concerns about privacy, liability and legality, there’s the potential for a lot of problems, too.
Whether you or a loved one got a drone over the holidays, or your neighbor got one and you’re curious about regulations, here are five things to keep in mind for responsible flying:
Flying your drone responsibly takes a little more effort, and thought, than simply turning it on and taking off. But, you can still have a lot of fun — and get some cool pictures, most likely — while keeping yourself and those around you safe.
So, have fun up there, but always keep in mind what – and who – is down here.
Keeping a record of your belongings, and their value, helps if you ever file an insurance claim for lost, stolen or damaged personal property. So, take time to add the new goodies, including your drone, you acquired over the holidays to your home inventory. If you haven’t taken inventory of your belongings, you can download the Safeco Home Inventory app for iPad or iPhone for free and get started.
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