Drones Remain a Popular Christmas Gift


Why are we not surprised that there are many people looking for drone repair this first week after Christmas. The fact that so many people received drones as gifts on Christmas morning means that there were many amateurs flying their new presents this week. And while some of these drone pilots may have taken the time to read and study all of the instructions or have had some previous drone flying experience, we all know that boys and their toys, maybe some girls too, can get a little excited. As a result drone repairs are often in high demand after a major holiday.
Fortunately, drone service centers are more and more common across the country. As an increasing number of people get their pilots licenses for flying drones, the market for many drone related services increase as well. In fact, knowing what to do when your drone breaks and where to get your drone fixed is going to be even more important as drone flying continues to grow in popularity.
Understanding the Details About Flying a Drone Is Essential
Although drone flying may seem like a simple hobby to the outsider, the reality is that there are many guidelines that need to be followed if you want to fly your drone in public areas. For instance, did you know that if you want to fly your drone at your house and you live within a five miles of an airport or a heliport you must first contact the air traffic controller. And while there are different guidelines depending on the size and type of drone that you have, like any hobby drone flying often encourages people to always want the next step up.

Consider some of these facts and figures about the popularity of drones in America and some of the guidelines and regulations that you need to consider:

  • To date, 770,000 drones have been registered with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).
  • Sales of small hobbyist drones are expected to rise from 1.9 million to 4.3 million between the years 2016 and 2020.
  • Any drone that weighs more than .55 pounds must be registered.
  • An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may not be flown above 400 feet, according to FAA Safety Guidelines
  • The FAA predicts there will be as many as 7 million drones in the U.S. by the year 2020.
  • 400,000 drones were purchased for Christmas presents in the year 2015, and that number is expected to be higher this year.

You may feel like a two year old with a new toy if your family gave you a drone this year for Christmas. It is important, however, to pay attention to local regulations and guidelines, as well as know where to go for drone repair in case something goes wrong.

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