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We Dish Out On Drones

It's no secret that these flying machines have quickly become all the tech rage!

We're officially in the age of the drone.....or better known to some as 'quadcopters' as the word drone can carry negative connotations of being a nuiscance to society. If you have the privelage to ever fly one of these thing and you are a responsible person, quadcopters can prove to be totally AWESOME!

Even Phil Dunphy will tell you that:

Drone or 'drone technology' refers to the Brain of the device. This is what makes a drone a drone - it's essentially GPS and SmartPhone technology. Some drones even have a 'Follow Me' feature!

 

 

For the first time we can now get video footage from above eye view of just about EVERYTHING from sports to nature!

Drones were a big draw at the latest Maker Fair in San Francisco - check this Drone Bot Battle:

Powerhouse companies like Amazon and Google are even looking to use Drones as a delivery method!

Drones or Quadcoptors can come in all shapes and sizes such as 'Nanoquads.'  Prices for drones are dropping and their capabilites are growing and growing....

Most drones can hold a camera. The most popular one being the GoPro action cams since it's so small and powerful.

Even police in Canada and the RCMP are using drones for Search and Rescue missions. Drones serve so many purposes.

 It's also no secret that Quadcopters can inspire creative minds over and over....

They can even inspire innocent gags like these:

A drone coined the RIP DRONE even made an appearance at the 2015 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS! It's really catching on...

So fun! However...are they actually safe?

....well, no....not if you don't know or follow the rules. You need to respect the laws!

Think about it: you're essentially flying a ROBOT! There a lots risks involved and crashes WILL happen. It's best that you do your research online before flying a drone if you or someone you know ever get the chance to fly one. There's lots of great 'how to' videos out there.

We here at YTV.com don't typically enjoy giving our readers any sort of lecture, but we think it's really good to keep some rules in mind when flyin'. Afterall, this is incredible new technology that needs to keep its good name.  

DO:

Only fly your aircraft during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog).

Always keep your aircraft in sight, where you can see it with your own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.

Make sure your aircraft is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example, are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?

Know if you need permission to fly and when to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate

Respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.

 

DON'T:

Fly closer than 9 km from any airport, heliport, or aerodrome.

Higher than 90 metres from above the ground.

Closer than 150 metres from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles.

In populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows.

Near moving vehicles, avoid highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers.

Within restricted airspace

Anywhere you may interfere with first responders

KEEP IT SAFE OUT THERE! DON'T LET A GOOD THING BE TAKEN AWAY! OUR VERDICT: DRONES ARE COOL!

What's your opinion on drones?