Drones have been flying off the shelves this holiday season!
And if Santa put one under your tree this Christmas, learning how to use it safely is the next step.
Rescue Training, Incorporated, a public training safety center in Savannah, is helping new drone owners learn how.
News 3’s Courtney Cole went to the workshop to find out what it takes to let your drone soar the skies without worry.
“I’ve always been fascinated with flight, models, radio control cars and things…and I just thought I’d like to try this.”
And like David Reavis, everyone who came out to the drone safety class on Tuesday was interested in learning something new.
“…First one I’ve had. I received it as a Christmas gift from my family,” Reavis told News 3.
But before he can put his gift into action, Reavis knows it’s best to learn the ins-and-outs first.
“I would like to feel informed, have some tips from these experienced people and to know the regulations and requirements it’s going to take to fly it and fly it safely.”
And safety is what Rescue Training, Incorporated, is all about.
“…Flying responsibly and knowing how to set them up and use the technology in the best way possible,” said David Hall.
Hall– the president of the public training safety center–says the first thing you need to do it register it.
“The FAA has said that if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds, or 250 grams, then you’ve got to register it…as a small unmanned aerial vehicle.”
And if you’re thinking it’s a long, complicated process…it’s not.
“Registration is a very simple process, I did it myself. You have to provide your name, your address and your email address,” Hall told News 3.
Then they’ll e-mail you a registration number that you should use on your drone.
“That’s so that if you lose one or something it can be identified to who it belongs to,” said Hall.
Because Hall says he knows in the process of becoming familiar with your unmanned aircraft system…you have to be prepared for any situation.
If you don’t register your drone, you could face a pretty hefty fine–or even up to three years in prison.
Now if you missed out on the session today, the president tells me they are hoping to hold another one soon–possibly in January.
If you have any questions about the next class or your drone in general, you can contact Mr. David Hall of Rescue Training, Inc. by calling this number: (912)-692-8911
To register your drone, click here: http://1.usa.gov/1OcV58N