Holiday Drone Gifts Come With Responsibility, Regulations

Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 19:58:49-05

Drones have become one of the hottest holiday gifts, but what shoppers may not know is that they come with a lot of regulations.

David Smith has been flying drones for a few years, a few months ago he became a certified licensed drone pilot. As a photographer aerial views can boost his business. In the process of getting licensed Smith learned a lot more about drones.

"You're basically, for all intents and purposes, a pilot. You have to go through weather reports and air space restrictions and you have to be able to read sectional charts which a pilot has to," Smith said. 

Drones can cost between $25 and $12,000 dollars but no matter the cost or purpose of use they have to registered with the FAA. In an industry that's just beginning and growing quickly, responsible drone owners can make a big impact on the industry's future.

"Search and rescue, they're using them in California to spot sharks out over the beach so there's some great positive things but usually you only hear about the negative and that's what we're trying to head off," said Smith. 

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