Giving a Drone for the Holidays? State DOT Offers Helpful Gift Tag


In anticipation for the large number of drones expected to be sold this holiday season, the aviation division of North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has put together a printable tag that can be included with gifted drones to be used for hobbyist operations.

In a press release, the NCDOT says it wants to help recreational drone operators “stay off the naughty list” by offering a set of safety tips, which are included in the gift tag:

  • Always fly below an altitude of 400 feet and fly within your direct line of sight;
  • Do not fly within five miles of an airport, near stadiums or other public events, or for compensation;
  • Do not fly drones that weigh more than 55 lbs.;
  • Do not fly at night, even if your drone is equipped with lights; and
  • Do take lessons before flying.

The NCDOT notes that operators should keep in mind that North Carolina also has laws governing drone use, whether it be for recreational, commercial or government purposes. Current and potential drone owners can find more information about state and federal drone regulations here.

“Flying a drone is thrilling and fun, but it can also be dangerous if not used responsibly,” says Bobby Walston, director of the department’s aviation division. “These guidelines help ensure the safety of people in the air and on the ground while enjoying this activity.”

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