When it comes to flying your drone, there’s a few things you need to know first. Such things not only help you ensure successful drone flight, they’ll also help you avoid legal trouble. Check out what you should know about flying a drone:

No Fly Zones 

Understanding which zones are no fly zones is extremely helpful when flying a drone, with most states providing their own guidelines. The Federal Aviation Association is currently working on federal regulations, which they expect to have complete by June 2016.

No fly zones include airports all over the world (for obvious reasons), as well as national borders and “sensitive” institutions. DJI offers a list of no fly zones on their official website to help keep drone users out of potentially sticky situations.

Open Field

It’s always recommended you fly your drone for the first time in an open field. This prevents entanglements with trees and the problems they cause. Even if you’re a seasoned quadcopter pilot, it’s best to avoid areas peppered with trees, telephone poles, and anything else that can result in a crash. Never fly your drone over people or animals.

Fully Charged

Before takeoff, you must check your drone battery, controller, Wi-Fi range extender, and any other items you’re using. The battery and all other pieces must be charged completely for successful flights. If they aren’t, you’ll lose your connection or find you have two minutes of actual flight time.


Maintaining a safe altitude is necessary at all times when flying your drone. This avoids issues with planes and helicopters among other problems. Keep your drone no higher than 400 feet off the ground for best results, which also protect your drone in the event of a crash.