Drone, Quadcopters and other flying machines
People are sometimes surprised to learn that we repair all manner of things here at My Tech Guys. For years we have been fixing drones that have dropped out of the sky for one reason or another.
You may have seen the influx of articles regarding flying drones in the news lately, talking about flying restrictions. Something that isn’t covered as much is the change in rules surrounding drones that come into play on June 1st 2019 and that drone ownership is alive and well… and quite a lot of fun.
Being aware of the current rules and regulations surrounding drones is part of drone ownership, and is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. These rules are in place to keep pilots; drone and vehicle alike safe.
If you own a drone, you should read up on the full rules here. Some rules are getting tighter and some are actually getting a little looser; for example, you can now fly up to 122M (Previously 90M), but you must register your drone if it’s above 250 g and below 25 kg.
The registration is quick and easy and is done entirely online. You can find out more about registering your drone here. It’s $5 to register your drone, but remember that if you fly an unregistered drone, you can be fined $1000 for a person and $5000 for a corporation.
The next thing you need after registering and labeling your drone is to pick up your Drone Pilot Certificate. For most people, the basic certificate is all you’ll ever need, but be sure to read up on the differences between the basic and advanced certificates to make sure you’re never in violation of the rules, as flying without the correct pilot’s certificate can lead to another $1000 fine.
While not technically any different, the rules for flying near airports and helipads are still valid.
There are many apps available for Android and iOS for checking your area for nearby airports and helipads. DJI also has a locator available to be used as a guideline, which can be found here. Remember to update your Drones firmware before you fly, as they usually include the most up to date Geo-Information. Most drones will not let you takeoff in restricted zones.
I’m droning on (sorry couldn’t resist) and now that you’ve got all those things done, and you’ve read up on the full rules; go out and fly safe! If you end up crashing your DJI drone, remember that My Tech Guys repairs many of their models, ranging from the Phantom series to the Inspire series, and we have access to original DJI parts. If you find yourself with a broken drone, stop by our Courtenay store and we’ll do our best to get you up and flying again!