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. Ethan Cheng on August 11, 2021 at 9:22 pm


  2. Claude Plays on August 11, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    yeesh I didn’t know there were that many rules

  3. chukwuemeka aladimma on August 11, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Nice video 👍🏼

  4. Stephen Hazel on August 11, 2021 at 9:28 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.

  5. 275carreira on August 11, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Very informative, thanks.

  6. mettaworldwill on August 11, 2021 at 9:32 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!

  7. Kurt Baker on August 11, 2021 at 9:33 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

  8. Scale Modeling USA on August 11, 2021 at 9:34 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.

  9. Kenny Ong on August 11, 2021 at 9:35 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 🤣

  10. Matt Smith 612 on August 11, 2021 at 9:37 pm

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

  11. Scotty Do on August 11, 2021 at 9:38 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. Stephen Ray on August 11, 2021 at 9:39 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

  13. J Son on August 11, 2021 at 9:41 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.

  14. Ray Bod on August 11, 2021 at 9:42 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.

  15. JaneLee Keller on August 11, 2021 at 9:43 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

  16. Robert Joiner on August 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Bla bla bla, cocain, heron, crack, meth are not allowed as well. BUT NO ONE GIVeS A RATS BUTT. Tahs said do not be an idiot and crash some ones car, plane, or backward pool to see Mr. Jones wife

  17. David Chang Villacreses on August 11, 2021 at 9:44 pm

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

  18. Ted Okoroji on August 11, 2021 at 9:48 pm

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

  19. wetracy on August 11, 2021 at 9:48 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.

  20. Cephalon Stitch on August 11, 2021 at 9:49 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

  21. Vadim Granovsky on August 11, 2021 at 9:50 pm

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

  22. Retired 5ohDAD on August 11, 2021 at 9:51 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.

  23. Sunhay Seam on August 11, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Another entertaining video, keep going Josh!

  24. Lisandro Crespo on August 11, 2021 at 9:56 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.

  25. Pat Schultz on August 11, 2021 at 9:57 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.

  26. bobsince1981 on August 11, 2021 at 9:58 pm

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

  27. Raoul Simon on August 11, 2021 at 9:59 pm

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

  28. lakadayzikal on August 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm


  29. the toasted gamer on August 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    That sucks but I will still buy a drone

  30. Shekhar Moona on August 11, 2021 at 10:10 pm

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

  31. Randy Miller on August 11, 2021 at 10:11 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.

  32. jon wik on August 11, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    US logic
    gun = yes
    drone = no

  33. Shekhar Moona on August 11, 2021 at 10:13 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. 🤣🤣🤣

  34. Scott Weaver on August 11, 2021 at 10:13 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.

  35. Kevin Martin on August 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

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

  36. D Hansel on August 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm

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

  37. Adam DeKleine on August 11, 2021 at 10:14 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:)

  38. Michael Mantion on August 11, 2021 at 10:18 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.

  39. Emiliano Luna on August 11, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Thank God I live on Mexico

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