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How to Safely and Legally Fly Your Drone for Fun

How to Safely and Legally Fly Your Drone for Fun



So you finally have your first drone. You’re itching to give it a spin and send it soaring hundreds (maybe even thousands) of feet into the sky.

But before you embark on that momentous first flight, take a moment to remember that this isn’t 2014. Flying a drone isn’t that simple anymore. Gone are the days when you could just fly your drone wherever you wanted to without worrying about the repercussions. These days, there are much stricter rules and regulations imposed on anyone who wishes to fly a drone, whether commercially or recreationally, and anyone who does not adhere will face thousands of dollars in penalty fines or even up to three years of prison time.

Thankfully, hobbyists and recreational drone flyers don’t have quite a lot of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and restrictions to worry about every time they want to fly. Still, the restrictions are there.

So the question is, what exactly do you need to know to fly your drone safely and without breaking the law?

Register Your Drone

Before you can go out and take to the skies, there is one extremely crucial thing that you need to do: register your drone. Since December 2015, the FAA has been requiring drone owners to register their aircraft with the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. FAA drone registration applies to all U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. who are 13 years of age or older (underage drone owners must have their aircraft registered by someone 13 years or older).

According to the FAA website, any “small unmanned aircraft that weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250g) and less than 55 lbs. (25kg)” must be registered with the UAS (any unmanned aircraft weighing over 55 lbs. must be registered using the Aircraft Registry process).

This may all sound kind of daunting, but the fact is, registration is fairly simple. It only costs $5 to register your drone, and you can do the entire process online. You will simply need an email address, a debit or credit card, and a physical or mailing address.

Download the FAA Mobile App

Once you have successfully registered your drone, the next step is to download the FAA’s B4UFLY app from the Apple App Store (for iOS users) or the Google Play Store (for Android users). This app is extremely useful and necessary for any drone owner, as it will help you determine any restrictions on drones in and around the specific location where you plan to fly.

How to fly a drone

Image Source: Apple App Store

This app is the first thing you need to check before you fly your drone. All you have to do is open up the B4UFLY app and indicate the location where you wish to fly, and the app will give you a flight status that will tell you whether or not you are authorized to fly a drone in the chosen area.

Here are some of the app’s key features:

  • “Status” indicator immediately informs you about your current or planned flight location.
  • Additional information on the parameters that influence the flight status indicator.
  • “Planner Mode” (allows you to plan your future flights in different locations).
  • FAA resources and regulatory information on drones and drone flying.

Know the Rules

After registering your drone and downloading the FAA app, know the most pertinent flight rules. The B4UFLY app will have all the relevant information you need to know, but it is still important to know all the basic rules that you need to adhere to, some of which are the following:

  • Do not fly your drone any higher than 400 feet.
  • Keep your drone within sight at all times.
  • Do not fly in bad weather.
  • Do not fly under the influence of drugs, alcohol, etc.
  • Obtain authorization before flying within 5 miles of any airport or heliport.
  • Keep your drone at least 25 feet away from persons, objects, and any vulnerable property when flying.

Learn more about the rules and best practices of safe and responsible recreational drone use by checking out Know Before You Fly, an educational campaign from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight



Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage



Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water



Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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