What to KNOW before BUYING a drone in 2020 ( a MESSAGE to beginners)

Before you decide which drone you should buy, I believe it is more important to figure out if it is even worth it for your situation. I have been flying my drone for two years under my part 107 commercial license through the FAA. A lot has changed over those two years, but I still can’t find too many people talking about the details behind flying a drone. So that is what this video is all about. I hope this is helpful and feel free to reach out and ask questions. I added some links below that could be helpful.

Link to my updated “what to know” video: https://youtu.be/gcNVph9KQSQ

FAA Flying for Fun FAQ: https://faa.custhelp.com
FAA Recreational Flyers: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
FAA Commercial Operations: https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/
Part 107 Rules Summary: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
FAA Remote ID: https://www.faa.gov/uas/research_development/remote_id/industry/
Remote ID Press Release: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=24956

Looking to get your Part 107? I am not affiliated with this course, but I passed my initial test and recurrent test on my first try with this course. Very thorough and helpful with tons of resources.

Become sUAS Part 107 Certified

Looking for aeronautical charts to check if the airspace you want to fly in is legal? Check out: https://skyvector.com/

22 Comments

  1. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Car licence is another story. I think you no what I mean!

  2. Angel Nicole on March 28, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Who’s going to be flying their drones? Will they have to hire drone pilots?

  3. 1tobicat on March 28, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Extreme overreach by the FAA. The airspace below 400’ has ALWAYS been unrestricted and belonged to us, the people. As soon as commercial (read $$$$) users wanted it, they gave our airspace away. Do not believe the FAA when they say “safety” or “anti terrorism”. It’s the money. The worst part is they lumped rc airplanes and helicopters in with drones. I could be fined for flying my rc helicopter in my own yard if I don’t register, pay money, and equip it with a module that transmits information identifying registration number, location, and name of owner. This is not good. Next will be box kites, golf balls, and frisbees.

  4. Dennis on March 28, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I found an awesome deal for a Mavic Mini at Costco I was going to pick up then started watching videos on all the rules. Forget it. To much risk if you don’t do something by the book now and it sounds like it’s only going to get more restricted in the future.

  5. camotwelve on March 28, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Remote ID has updated the year it will go into effect. Right now the estimate is 2023

  6. Frank Castle on March 28, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Was about to buy the Mavic Air 2 combo for recreational purposes. Screw that! Imagine buying a new car that you can only drive in a two block radius under 15 mph IF you register with the proper authorities and submit to constant tracking and monitoring. This country is in trouble.

  7. Doug Langell on March 28, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I spent the money, wished I saw this video, as many others i have watched now,before i did. Thank You Arron

  8. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 12:59 am

    I am not all that negative. I myself is flying Mavic pro, and what a drone! But flying whenever I can, have dropped from twice a week to once a month. Its gathering dust! The end of the story, not flying anymore, to many rules that to me ,really dont make sense. I feel that the criminal aspect is not for me. So beginners , as Aaron said, be aware of these facts!

  9. MAD GRUMPYMAN on March 28, 2021 at 1:00 am

    FUCK THE FAA, FUCK THE CORRUPT, CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT, AND FUCK AMAZON! People are going to complain, and government is going to legislate and threaten to fine the hell out of model hobbyists, flying 500 gram models, but they are going to give Amazon license to pollute the skies with likely 50lb FLYING ROBOTS to increase their profit margins? BULLSHIT! KNOCK ANY SUCH THING THE HELL OUT OF THE SKY!

  10. Derek Hall on March 28, 2021 at 1:01 am

    How will Amazon fly within “line of sight”? Oh yeah, that’s right, they will have different rules (likely none) to follow…

  11. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 1:08 am

    You are right. There should be rules for flying out of control.The drone pilot who spend a lot of money, I am talking about the pilot who just want to extend his camera! He will not fly out of his projects area. I can promise you. Now he cant fly over the Wedding to take photos. He must have papers to do that. But I no you must be care full what you are commenting on! Sorry do not want to put you in a bad spot!
    If I am next to a mountain. Will this be my highest point?

  12. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 1:10 am

    I was flying RC planes for more than 30 years. Never have to worry about all these rules. They were primitive aircraft, with no intelligence. No pilot licence needed. Todays aircraft, like drones have much more, so that you do not need licences and other stuff! What happen to our humans?

  13. Cesar Abraham on March 28, 2021 at 1:11 am

    All these regulations were pushed by large corporations who wants to do drone delivery, you know who they are, $$$$$ they want to kick us out

  14. Aaron Spieler on March 28, 2021 at 1:21 am

    As of March 17th, 2021, I have published an updated "What to Know" video on my channel that offers more up to date information. You can find a link to that video in the description above!

  15. Randall F Burgess on March 28, 2021 at 1:25 am

    so how does Amazon get away with flying over people to deliver packages

  16. LEX HTFD,CT on March 28, 2021 at 1:26 am

    So basically you can fly a mini 2 without a license just comply with the rules and not take pictures

  17. Jared Madison on March 28, 2021 at 1:28 am

    That’s odd that they would have some of the specific rules and regulations that they have. I’m sure it’s most likely for good reason, I wonder how that’s going to work with Amazon flying over streets and people in a city. They are not part of the operation are they, also if Amazon can get a special permit to do that, why would a general user not also be able to get one. I understand some may be using the photography settings for negative reasons and believe that should definitely be controlled as best possible. However I don’t think general photographers/drone users should be over regulated as with the wedding. Congrats btw. Thanks for the information.

  18. Seth Walker on March 28, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I recently bought the Mavic Air 2. Very impressive toy. The camera and video footage is incredible. It’s really going to suck if the FAA ruins this activity for us….

  19. Elvin Schofield on March 28, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I have a better understanding of a very complex subject after watching your. video

  20. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Yes , thanks Aaron. I am in South Africa, and here its no better! The sad thing is that its a joy full hobby and is now kept from many. Our children!!??

  21. David Hughes on March 28, 2021 at 1:35 am

    You seem like a stand-up dude. But FFS, when is the backwards ballcap thing gonna end?

  22. Willie Botha on March 28, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Hi Aaron
    I am so glad that somebody warn the new drone buyers of not even think of buying that drone, if you are not going to do flying as a professional and want to make money. There are no more hobby ests. Drones are very expensive.
    No more playing around. Because flying over your family on a trip out there in the wild, on vacation will be illegal! Even if you just try to click a few photos and videos, as you would have done with your normal camera. OH and can one take beautiful airshots!

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