The FAA Is Worried About Holiday Drone Gifts


’Tis the season for aviation safety concerns, as holiday presents are unwrapped and a fresh batch of gifted drones are unleashed into the skies.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a number of unnamed aviation associations have teamed up to launch a new website that educates new drone owners on how to pilot their drones safely and wisely, USA Today reports.

It also lays down some basic etiquette: just because you have a drone “doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose.”

You can’t, for example, use it to make a profit without FAA-approval, fly it near airports or around crowds, or bring it to higher than 400 feet. You also can’t carry anything heavier than 50 lbs with it. This is not a barrier to, say, hoisting a luxury handbag to your crush’s dorm window, but other factors may intervene —as they did in one young…

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