Drone's were the must-have gift last Christmas and this year it's no different. They've become a more common sight in our area.
"Over the holiday season and even before that I have noticed a big pick up overall. People being curious about it and wanting to know more about it. It's becoming more accessible," said Joseph Reiff with the Geek Squad.
Drones are more affordable this Holiday Season. That is why Texas A&M Corpus Christi will be sponsoring a Drone Expo with some advice from the professionals.
"We want people to have a chance to bring their drone, fly it and get advice from experienced UAS pilots. Talk to our safety experts and our engineers," said Melanie Neely Willis assistant director with the LSUASC
Learning how to operate a drone is just the beginning. There are also rules and regulations you need to follow. The first step is to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, it's the law. If the drone is going to be used in business, you might have to take it a step further
"You have to get a remote operator license which requires you to take a FAA knowledge exam," said Willis.
All of those rules and regulations will be explained at the Expo. Knowing how and where to operate a drone will also be part of the training.
Even though, some of the drones can weigh as little as two pounds. They can still be very dangerous if you don't follow the rules.
"You could interfere with a manned aircraft carrying people or lose your drone and cause an accident on a highway. That's why it's very important to follow the rules," said Willis.
"You can only fly within certain feet in altitude, there are no fly zones , don't fly it in airports or hospitals. Just basic common sense involved," said Reiff.
TA&M-CC Drone Expo Saturday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coastal Bend Innovation Center Parking Lot 10201 SPID in Flour Bluff Free and Open to Public FMI: LSUASC@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.2577