Drone safety workshop helps residents understand dangers and requirements

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Many of you may have found a drone under the Christmas tree last week. But before you take to the skies, you need to think about what goes into your first flight and all the ones after that. A workshop coordinated by Rescue Training Incorporated on Tuesday facilitated just that.

A class of new drone owners took the next step to get to know their new flying friend and got a better understanding of how to operate it safely from Rescue Training Inc. CEO David Hall.

Hall told us some of the main things you need to consider when flying a drone, "you can't fly it over 400 feet, you have to be at least 17-years-old."

He gave us much more information, like don't fly it over people or cars. Also keep the drone in your eyesight at all times. Guidelines differ based on user, whether you may be a recreational or commercial flyer.

One attendee, Bill Miller, wants to use his micro drone to make money.

Miller said, "in the future I would perhaps like to get a really nice drone and be able to do some business activity maybe some real estate photography.

Miller will have to get a pilot's license If he wants to do that soon. A sport pilot's license would work. Another thing is he will have to register himself through the FAA before he flies it.

Hall told us about that registration, "it is good for 3 years so if you get another drone then you put that same number on that drone, and that identifies you with the drone."

If you lose it then someone can return it, and if you act inappropriately then someone can take away the privilege.

For those who have any additional questions about drones you may reach out to Rescue Training Inc. at 912.692.8911 or click here.

If you would like to learn more about the FAA's regulations or get registered click here.

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