How to Fly a Drone (Without Being a Jerk)

How to Fly a Drone (Without Being a Jerk)

Drones are the newest technology for which the public has gone crazy, but many are forgetting common decency and fly these machines without thinking of others. Don’t be a jerk.

Drones are a marvelous technology that allow the average person to release their inner-Amelia Earhart. These aerial machines give normal people and professionals the opportunity to take aerial photographs, make highly accurate maps and models, and just have blast flying them around, getting a bird’s-eye view of their world.

But even the most well-meaning flying robot aficionado may find themselves making some grave social etiquette mistakes. Whether it’s flying over your neighbor’s yard or showing up to someone’s baby shower making the fatal mistake of assuming the mother-to-be will be just as excited as you are. Here’s how to fly a drone without being the most hated person in your neighborhood (you’ll thank us later).

  1. Ask to Bring Your Drone Before You Bring Your Drone
    You may think your drone is “like the coolest thing ever,” but you also may find that’s not a universally shared opinion. Drones may scare pets and annoy people in the house who do not want to hear a constant BUZZ in the atmosphere.
  2. Don’t Fly Them Over Crowds
    The Federal Aviation Administration does not recommend that hobby and recreational drone pilots fly their drones over crowds of people. The reason? Possible injury. While drones are reliable pieces of machinery, there is always a chance the battery will die and land on a person.
  3. Don’t Fly Over Private Property
    People like their privacy and a mechanical drone with a camera hovering over their home is something that many people may find in violation of that privacy. Before you fly overhead, ask your neighbors if it’s OK to do so.

Your homeowners insurance may cover drone accidents, but it’s best to check with your insurance agent. For all of your insurance needs, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Drone Insurance Q & A

Drone Insurance Q & A

Drones are a very neat piece of technology, but do you know if you’re covered should an accident occur?

If you or any family member owns a drone, it would be very smart to check with your homeowners insurance agent to check if you’re covered for any mishaps that may occur with your remote controlled flying contraption. These commonly asked questions should let you know what steps to take when inquiring about drones and insurance.

Q: If the child operates the drone, am I covered?

A: It depends. If the drone was a toy that was intended to be used as a hobby, you need to look at your homeowners insurance policy for any liability claims that could be made against you. Many policies would cover your liability if they were to injure a third party.

Q: What happens if the drone damages a car?

A: While often subject to a deductible, your coverage will protect you should you (or your child) lose control of the drone and damage a vehicle.

Q: If I intend to use my drone for business purposes, am I covered for that?

A: Probably not. Liability coverage is generally excluded from your homeowners insurance when it comes to your business. Speak to your insurance agent to see what commercial insurance is available for your drone.

We apologize for droning on about insurance, but it’s always best to be informed. Now go out and play! For all of your homeowners insurance needs to ensure you have the right liability coverage, contact Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.