SHELL BEACH, Calif. - There could be a lot more drones flying around after this holiday season.
Analysts expect drone sales globally to nearly double from 1.6 billion last year to over 2.3 billion this year. Drones of all shapes and sizes are flying off the shelves at electronic and department stores across the country.
However, there are a few steps you should take before you take your done on its maiden flight.
"First thing you should do is register it (your drone) with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)," said Caron Krauch, a central coast realtor and FAA licensed drone pilot. "It costs around $5, it takes just a few minutes to do, and it's important to get it registered."
That means everyone, whether it is for personal or business use. The FAA's website has all the information you need on how high and how fast you can fly. Most importantly, it will tell you where you can fly.
"If you go over a property line you need to go and ask the owners if they're okay with you flying over it," said Krauch. So you have to be conscious of other people's privacy."
Use common sense, and never fly too close to large crowds, particularly in windy conditions. Drones can be unpredictable, and a big liability if you hurt someone.
"You don't want to give someone a haircut if they don't need one," said Krauch.
Stiff fines can be administered to those who fail to get their drone registered before flight.
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