December 22, 2014 11:23 PM EST
’Tis the season for aviation-safety concerns, as holiday presents are unwrapped and a fresh batch of gifted drones are
unleashed into the skies.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a number of unnamed aviation associations have teamed up to launch a
new website that educates new drone owners on how to pilot their drones safely and wisely, USA Today reports.
It also lays down some basic etiquette: just because you have a drone “doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose.”
You can’t, for example, use it to make a profit without FAA approval, fly it near airports or around crowds, or bring it to higher than 400 ft. You also can’t carry anything heavier than 50 lb. with it. This is not a barrier to, say, hoisting a luxury handbag to your crush’s dorm window, but other factors may intervene — as they did in
one young lad’s plans this month.
] USA Today Drone Country: See America From Above House boats appear next to the shoreline of Bidwell Canyon on Lake Oroville in Northern California on November 25, 2014. Lake Oroville is California's second largest reservoir, and is currently 70% empty as a result of the state's severe drought. Tomas van Houtryve—VII Campers appear in an RV park in Fernley, Nevada on November 25, 2014. The nearby Amazon Fulfillment Center recruits people living out of RVs to work on the floor of their warehouse during peak holiday shipping season. Many of the campers are senior citizens whose homes or savings were wiped out by the 2008 economic crisis. Tomas van Houtryve—VII A parking lot for an Amazon fulfillment center appears in New Jersey on November 11, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center A residential apartment complex appears in Poughkeepsie, New York on November 9, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center Vacation homes appear on the New Jersey Shore on November 11, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center An empty drive-in movie theater appears in Poughkeepsie, New York on November 9, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center A farm house and field appear outside Trenton, New Jersey on November 11, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center Cows gather for water and alfalfa distributed by a rancher in a drought-devastated pasture in Merced County, California on November 26, 2014. As with many areas of the Central Valley of California, these cows would not be able to survive without this kind of supplemental nutrition. Tomas van Houtryve—VII A run-down neighborhood appears in North Camden, New Jersey on November 23, 2014. In 2012, the FBI ranked Camden as having the most violent crime per capita of any American city with a population of over 50,000. The local police installed millions of dollars of surveillance equipment in residential neighborhoods, including cameras and microphones that detect the exact location of gunshots. Tomas van Houtryve—VII Horse stalls appear near Fernley, Nevada on November 24, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII A swamp appears near Brookfield, Connecticut on November 8, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center Beachfront vacation units appear on Cape Cod, Massachusetts on Nov. 7, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center The USS New Jersey, a decommissioned battleship, appears on the Delaware river off Camden, New Jersey on November 23, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII A college campus appears in Poughkeepsie, New York on November 9, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center Lacrosse players warm up before practice in Clark County, Nevada on January 20, 2014. The nearby Creech Air Force is the main command center for overseas drone strikes. Tomas van Houtryve—VII/Pulitzer Center Wiggins Park Marina appears in Camden, New Jersey on November 23, 2014. Tomas van Houtryve—VII More Must-Reads From TIME East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment How Tech Giants Turned Ukraine Into an AI War Lab In the Belly of MrBeast The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap How Long Should You Isolate With COVID-19? The Best Romantic Comedies to Watch on Netflix Taylor Swift Is TIME's 2023 Person of the Year Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time