How far can a drone fly?

If you already own one or want to become a drone owner, one of the most common questions that comes to mind when we talk about drones is ''How far they can go?''. The short answer to this and only truth is that depends on many factors and in this article, we will explain them, as well as some regulations and laws you must consider as a drone owner.

 

Factors that determine how far can your drone fly?

As we already mentioned, there are many factors that determine how far can you go. Let's start with drone size. Of course, a bigger drone will exhaust your battery much faster than smaller ones. This is because drones need more energy to fight against gravity and stay in the air. So, if the drone is bigger and heavier, his propellers will need to work much harder, and as a result, the battery will die faster. 

Battery life is another important factor you must consider. The average battery and most common ones can last for about 10 minutes. Take into account that you need about 5 minutes to get away with a drone from your controller and 5 minutes to fly back, otherwise you risk losing your drone. You can try to push him to his limits, but we don't recommend that because it's very hard to find a lost drone. 

Toy drones on the other hand can go only for about 20 meters. One of the first things you will notice if you are looking for a drone that can fly very far is the connection between price and his flying range. For instance, you can find those who can fly max. 150 meters, but some of them have an amazing flying range of 7 kilometers. If you have a larger budget and looking for a long-range drone make sure to study all specifications before purchase.

 

Some useful tips for beginners

First of all, fly safely. It doesn't matter if you fly for 100 meters or 10 kilometers there is always the possibility of a crash or accident. Of course, you don't want to hurt other people so avoid flying around airports and crowded public places. 

If you are planning to fly over 1 mile, it's recommended to attach a smaller GPS gadget to your drone. As we already said, if you crash somewhere far away from you, it could be impossible to find your drone. Even if you have GPS with your drone he will work properly the same amount of time just like drone battery, so it's much wiser to have another GPS just in case. 

Another good advice is to fly in open areas. You could face signal problems if there are any objects or barriers such as long trees. So if you prefer to fly on longer distances, do it on open space!

Never push your drone to his limits. Yes, he probably could do that, but always count on possible strong wind or poor communications that can result in lost drone. Also, you can easily cause damage to your battery. 

 

Regulations and laws

With more and more drones in the air, regulations and laws change very often and become more complicated. Some of them will allow you to fly as long as you can see your drone, while others will limit you to some certain distances. Despite that, you can easily just google it or find any other public source that will tell you which law is in force currently in your area. However, sometimes these regulations and laws can be unclear. Some states reference drones like ''aircraft without pilot''. If you are not sure if that applies to you too, check your local laws. 

Another contentious issue is can you fly over other properties in the neighborhood? Right now, there is no specific law about flying over other people's land. However, in case your drone runs out of battery and land in some private property you can be sued, so be careful.

 

How high can you fly with your drone?

Every country has its own law on how high can you fly with your drone. Of course, with some drones, you are able to fly thousands of feet in the air but it's not legal so don't do that. For example, in the United States, you are allowed to fly up to 400 feet high. In Europe, this number is 500 feet, so it depends on your state and country. The main reason why this law is here and why is he so important is to prevent and avoid any kind of interference with aircrafts.

We are sure that all drone owners can't wait to test the limits of how high they can go but think twice before that. The higher you go, the less lift by the propeller is produced and without proper lift, there are much bigger chances of crashing. Don't forget strong winds as well.

 

Final thoughts

Safety must be all the time on your mind while operating your drone. Always be aware of your surroundings because the drone is not some cheap toy and losing or crashing it is not something you want. Also, don't forget about battery life. On the question from the title of the article is not that simple to answer but if you have any doubts, you can always consult with local or state laws.