Flying Safe: How to Operate Drones Near Buildings and Other Structures

There are a lot of good reasons why uncrewed aerial vehicles (i.e., UAVs or drones) do not fly near, let alone contact, structures such as buildings, trees, or vehicles: it is very dangerous. In addition to environmental variables such as wind and barometric pressure creating difficult flight conditions, a host of technical issues, such as magnetic, electrical, and radio frequency interference, can also negatively impact drone flights.

For successful operations, UAV pilots need to recognize that a drone is a tool and, like any tool, is best suited for its intended use. No one should fly near, nor try to contact a surface or structure, unless the drone has been designed for that type of use or specific use case. As business use cases and opportunities for drones and other UAVs increase, here are some things for drone service providers (both new and seasoned) to remember when it comes to flying safely.

Location, Direction, and Elevation Are Keys to Success

To fly a drone safely there are three primary indicators that any drone needs to know in real-time in flight: location, or where it is in the world; direction, or where it is headed; and altitude, or how far is

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