If you can't afford training for your pilot's license, a drone might be the next best thing. Thanks to new technology and a big drop in price, drones are a popular item this holiday season.
But before you run to the store to get yours, make sure you know the rules.
Using your drone on your own property is ok, but you have to make sure that you don't invade your neighbor's privacy. You can't record or take pictures of what they are doing on their property.
However, in your front yard or a public place, photos are fair game, but other rules apply no matter where you are.
- The FAA requires a $5 fee to register a drone if it weighs more than 0.5 pounds.
- New pilots can't operate a drone above 400 feet or anywhere near planes or helicopters.
- Stay at least 5 miles away from airports.
The above rules are only if you're giving or getting a drone to use as a hobby. Different rules apply to those using drones for business. Visit the FAA's website for a full list of rules and regulations.