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What you should know before getting a drone

What you should know before getting a drone

Published on August 3, 2017

Recently drones are becoming a big deal here in the Philippines. Before, news outlets and enthusiasts mostly used them, but these days they’re becoming more and more approachable and allowed for commercial use. Before purchasing a drone though, here are some things that you should know.

1. You'll need a license

That’s right, you can’t just go around flying a drone without all the proper permits. Before you begin flying, you’ll have to register your equipment and get a certificate to fly your drone from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, or CAAP. The test requires a few things such a passing a few written and practical exams, and at least 5 hours offlying outside of controlled airspace while under supervision.

 

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2. DronesPH is here to help

All of those requirements may sound intimidating, but don’t worry, much like getting a driver’s license,there are many places that can teach you the things that you need to know to pass the test. They’ll even be able to help you pass the first set of requirements from the CAAP.

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3. There are laws regarding drones

Other than obtaining a license, there are some other things to keep in mind when using a drone. These little flying robots can be incredibly invasive to one’s privacy, so it’s always important to remember the following laws:

  • You cannot fly within 30 meters of a person who is not associated with operation of the drone
  • You cannot fly higher than 400 feet (122 meters)
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • You must not fly within 10km of an airport or in areas were aircrafts are operating
  • You may not fly your drone over populated areas

 

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4. They're incredibly fun

With all those things setyou’ll have an amazing time flying a drone! With a camera and a long-lasting battery, you’ll have an eye in the sky. Having a drone is worth it, especially considering how beautiful the Philippines will look from a drone’s eye view.

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Marty the Smarty