Why You Shouldn't Buy A Drone (U.S.)

Why You Shouldn't Buy A Drone (U.S.)

All the reasons why you shouldn’t buy or fly a drone in the United States, including location restrictions, altitude limits, rules around controlled airspaces, commercial use, & more.

FAA Airspace maps and drone height limits: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad
Airspace Safety 101: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/airspace_101/
LAANC info: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/
Pre-flight checklist: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/gslac/courses/content/451/1458/PreflightInspectionChecklist.pdf
DJI Geo Zone: https://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-map
Part 107 Certification test prep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ucCKFJUCU
51 Drones Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTFq5NuT2iFZ1ROe7lpr8eg

0:00 Intro
0:44 Where can you fly a drone?
1:54 LAANC Authorization
2:30 Controlled Airspace Altitude hight limits
3:08 DJI Geo Zone
3:48 Unlocking DJI vs. LAANC Authorization
4:06 General Drone rules
5:03 Drone FAA registration
5:41 Drone commercial use
7:16 Why the FAA has these rules
8:54 Drone YouTube resources

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  1. SpiderMonkey123 on July 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    yeesh I didn’t know there were that many rules

  2. Sunhay Seam on July 3, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Another entertaining video, keep going Josh!

  3. David Chang on July 3, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Fantastic video! I started thinking about getting a mini myself, wasn’t aware of these.

  4. Shekhar Moona on July 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I live in Hubert NC and the Marine Corps is violating my airspace above my home.

  5. Chukwuemeka Aladimma on July 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Nice video 👍🏼

  6. Ethan Cheng on July 3, 2022 at 7:40 pm


  7. jon wik on July 3, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    US logic
    gun = yes
    drone = no

  8. jym cotton on July 3, 2022 at 7:43 pm


  9. wetracy on July 3, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks. I’ve been on the fence about buying one for years. This gives me more justification for prognostication. Oh, you didn’t mention insurance, which I think is also a requirement for commercial activities.

  10. Scott Weaver PhotoVideo on July 3, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    You made many important points about owning/using drones for commercial purposes. I made the decision to study and pass the FAA test and am now fully licensed. I’m just learning to use a drone at this point. I continue to be surprised with prominent youtubers who specialize in drones and gimbals and yet post drone footage taking it up a thousand feet or more and a mile away. All of that is violating the US rules for drone flying.

  11. Scotty Do on July 3, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Honestly I just set my hight limit to whatever the tallest thing is around me and fly away from people, and I’ve never had any issues. I don’t even need to go really high to get the footage I need.

    I do find it dumb that you need to get a commercial license to upload drone videos to YouTube unless you want to get fined. Maybe to others it makes sense, but it feels dumb to me, probably because YouTube just feels different compared to a legitimate filming job. Also you could probably upload a ton of drone videos without ads, and then become qualified for monetization the next day. The FAA could probably fine you for making money off those videos, even though YouTube might have decided to play ads and you didn’t.

  12. 275carreira on July 3, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Very informative, thanks.

  13. Vadim Granovsky on July 3, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Very useful information, I don’t want to buy a drone anymore) )

  14. Stephen Hazel on July 3, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    i gotta mini 1. it’s easier to apologize than it is to get permission. but don’t fly at night. keep it in sight. keep away from people. don’t be dumb. don’t put drone video in any monetized video.

  15. Scale Modeling USA on July 3, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Buy it and do what you want with it. There are tons of laws/rules in USA that do not get enforced, like, lets see, election fraud.

  16. Shekhar Moona on July 3, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    They are changing laws meaning you might have to purchase a drone with tracking capability. If you have an old drone I guess you could call it a "Ghost Drone" in the future. 🤣🤣🤣

  17. Raoul Simon on July 3, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    usually the case with new things yet again there have been a lot of bad examples that have help to create these requirements.

  18. mettaworldwill on July 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    They are not toys. All of these regulations make sense. Not to mention the terror threat they pose to the nation, such as reconnaissance or carrying bombs or other weapons.

    And back to idiots, even ones not going for views, but just having no idea or regard for their pointless actions. They would be crashing everywhere. Great vid!

  19. Lisandro Crespo on July 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Yeah, sure, for our own safety we’re forced to ask daddy government for permission, give them money and then even thank them for caring for us.
    In theory, people are supposed to be innocent until proven otherwise. Why are you taking the ability of people to fly their drones and have fun away just in case they end up being guilty of a negligent accident in the future.
    These regulations do nothing but harm the drone industry, limit people’s freedom, give government power, normalize people kneeling in front of the politician and provide another source of income for the parasite government. That’s the truth.

  20. Kurt Baker on July 3, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    It’s not a big deal…..although I didn’t know that the FAA cost to register…..that must be new…..or I forgot it?….It’s been a while since I used my DJI drones….Mavic and DJI 4

  21. Matt Smith 612 on July 3, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Why you shouldn’t make a dip shit stupid video. Drones are great.

  22. Stephen Ray on July 3, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Changes Coming Later this Year 2021
    Recreational flyers to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage.
    The FAA to issue guidance for how it will recognize community based organizations.
    The FAA is incrementally rolling out these features and requirements.
    Changes 2022- drone comes with barrel to be scre

  23. Randy Miller on July 3, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    We have a small drone at work that we’ve never used, but bought it with the idea that we could use it in attics and tight crawlspaces to do inspections for termites and other issues. Wonder if the rules still apply as with outdoor flight. I’ll check into it. As always, thanks.

  24. dynasty4851 on July 3, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Nope! Sounds like they do not want the public to have drones. I was going to get the DJI 2s fly more combo. Oh well I’ll just get another personal protection device.

  25. Gaming with nick on July 3, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    That sucks but I will still buy a drone

  26. Adam DeKleine on July 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    First of all, another well made video. Couple things:

    1. I really appreciate you making this video to highlight to people what you can and can’t do with a drone. Not knowing some of the rules can cause serious problems, so the more they’re publicized the better in my opinion.
    2. Having just received my own Part 107 certificate, I can say the process to get it is not preventatively difficult. I used Greg Reverdiau’s Pilot Institute and it prepared me very well for my test. Yes, there’s a lot of rote memorization you need to do but a lot of it I would consider to be common sense.
    3. A couple of the things you mentioned either haven’t happened yet or will be changing soon; specifically, on April 6 (it’s been pushed a couple times now so I wouldn’t be surprised if it changes again) the regulations for retesting and night flying – among other things – is changing. As of right now, flying after "civil twilight" (30 minutes before or after sunrise or sunset) is ILLEGAL. On April 6, the regulation you mentioned regarding anti-collision lights visible from 3 miles during the night takes effect. Also on that date, you don’t need to take recurrent tests, only recurrent online training. No more two-year tests!

    Hope this is helpful to you! Always looking forward to more of your videos:)

  27. lakadayzikal on July 3, 2022 at 8:10 pm


  28. Emiliano Luna on July 3, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Thank God I live on Mexico

  29. William Oscar Garvin on July 3, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Looks like drones are just not fun when you can not fly anywhere that you want.

  30. Kevin Martin on July 3, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    How long would it take for me to get permission to fly if I have a license?

  31. Jonathan Lundquist on July 3, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Don’t make excuses for obnoxious government overreach!

  32. Kenny Ong on July 3, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I always figured that drones had a bunch of rules but never bothered to look them up since they’re also expensive. Really makes you wonder how many people have actually done all these things 🤣

  33. bobsince1981 on July 3, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    As Michael Scott says, "well…phooey…on that". I would love a cinewhoop FPV drone to just fly around for fun.

  34. Dr. Joe on July 3, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    This was an excellent Video. Much of these requirements is what I had to do to get a single engine pilot’s license years ago. I think applying the same training for a airplane pilot’s license to drone flying is a bit of overkill. I think the FAA is requiring much more information than most drone flyers will ever use — especially out West. They should give them the basic rules of the road and that’s it — UNLESS they are using these drones commercially and using them in above normal ways.

  35. D Hansel on July 3, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    My neighbor just turned his WIFI off of his tablet. When he powers up his drone it says "no updates available".

  36. Cephalon Stitch on July 3, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Let’s see
    *Buy a Drone for $200+ USD
    *Do college level research for a fun "hobby"
    "Take a college level Test for a fun "hobby" and be charged 60-$175 USD
    *Keep up to date or more information I care to remember

    Nah, after watching a few dozen YouTube videos and researching several websites on what’s required I say they killed a fun hobby

  37. Married Guy Doing Stuff on July 3, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Great info. I just fly my drone in a safe manner using common sense. No permission from Uncle Sam required for that. And, yes, I realize it may “violate laws”. Just don’t be stupid when you fly it. I own the original Mavic Mini which makes flying it a little simpler.

  38. Ray Bod on July 3, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    The main thing is to learn the rules and prepare for the FAA test. The FAA isn’t trying to trip people up, they’re trying to keep the skies safe for flying.

  39. Pat Schultz on July 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve wanted to buy that little DJI Mini 2, as well, but the research I’ve done on how to do it legally mirrors yours. Bottom line, trying to fly it in compliance with all the rules and regulations is just too much work and to much of a hassle. I’m better off finding other ways to aggravate myself. Good work on putting all of this together in one video.

  40. jym cotton on July 3, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I live in China. Wonder what the rules are here!?

  41. Emo Ersin Gokay on July 3, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you for the video its very professionally done and very informative. We greatly appreciate your time and effort put in prepping this and sharing it with the interested audience. well done and keep up the good work. (I never thought of getting one anyways but I like the information presented)

  42. Ted Okoroji on July 3, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Wish we could have some good sense legislation regarding firearms in the U.S.

  43. JaneLee Keller on July 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks Josh 🙂

    Won’t be Getting a Drone, But This video is Very Informative, and Hopefully Helps Those who Do Want One.

    JaneLee 🕊️ – in Suburban Philadelphia

  44. Cubanos Por La Libertad Religiosa on July 3, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Meh …. Is too much hassle. I just wanted to boost our church promotional outreach ministry, but I see that this will continue becoming more and more regulated, to the point of being strictly for business or not worthy at all for just recreational purposes.

  45. J Helsel on July 3, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    This video was very helpful. As I write this comment, I am debating whether to go forward to get a drone. I have reviewed several YouTube videos on the FAA regulations currently in force, and others (e.g., Remote ID) that will be implemented next year (09/2023). I wanted this to be a fun hobby, but with all of the FAA and local airport regulations where I am located (within 30 miles of Washington DC), and the local club regulations, it really takes the fun out of this hobby (unless you are going to do a lot of videos and cinematology footage). Thanks for helping me with my decision! God Bless!

  46. Michael Mantion on July 3, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    @ 7:30 this guy thinks the regulations are a good thing. WOW. Drones are not dangerous, there are things far far more dangerous then drones that don’t require any authorization.

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