Drones have become a popular equipment for most travellers. When you go through Flickr, Instagram or other photographer platforms, people actually create masterpieces with these little guys.
With a huge investment that requires a lot of consideration, especially for those who are not doing photography as a profession or do not work for magazines, one may ask: Why the worries? Why consider buying a drone after all when you have the money? At least, I can join the competition of photographers and can bring my Instagram account to the next level!
It’s fair to say that policy makers learn from history. In the recent years, drones have become a major issues, especially for airports, airlines and city planners. Drones are first and foremost a tool and supporter for those in the building sector, public service, military and aviation sector. Using them purely for photographers was not on the plate at the beginning.
Most cities and local governments require you to carry a license, if at all, or you need to comply with a number of regulations in order to take-off.
A failure to comply with local or even state regulations is a huge deal. Especially if you do it for leisure and don’t earn a penny at all. Therefore, if you consider buying a drone, it’s highly recommended that you familiarise yourself with regulations and policies. For example ask yourself:
- Does the local administration enforce specific policies? For example, do you need to register a take-off?
- Are you taking-off and fly around a commercialised area? Even coming up with a tripod requires you to have register your purpose.
- Do you need to comply with certain regulations, such as minimum weight, distance, height, time and lighting?
- What about privacy concerns, e.g. photographing the area and the neighbours will complain about your intentions.
- Do you need a specific license that has to be issued by a local authority?
- Can you even bring a drone to a country? Prepare your documents and bring them with you when you pass customs control at the airport.
Flying drones can be a lot of fun. But nevertheless, don’t forget about the compliances, regulations and policies that take place in your country’s destination.