2016 seems to be a record year for Christmas drone crashes

Dec 27, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

2016 seems to be a record year for Christmas drone crashes

Dec 27, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I suppose it shouldn’t come as much surprise that drones have become the hot gift this year. There’s more drones on the market now than ever before. They range in price from $10 to thousands, and anybody can get hold of one. But, what surprises me is the number of them that seem to crash within 24 hours of emerging from their box.

It’s almost like the manufacturers don’t even pop any suggestions in the box at all. You know, like “If you’ve never flown a drone before, take it easy”, “Try to avoid hitting trees, houses, and peoples heads”, etc. But, then, humanity isn’t really the best at reading instruction manuals anyway. I just feel bad for all the poor Christmas trees.

Obviously, not all of the drones are camera capable. Some probably wouldn’t cause that much damage if they hit you, either. They’ll also survive a small crash pretty well. But, being careful is always a good idea with these things, even the small ones.

https://twitter.com/danielaxo_21/status/813399369256996864

https://twitter.com/KaptinKnapton/status/813199890125877248

Some weren’t quite so fortunate, but still decided to have a second go at killing it.

https://twitter.com/RachelGriffiith/status/813131798792245249

https://twitter.com/JMatthewNespoli/status/813503418656387072

https://twitter.com/Lel_cazares/status/813081029850169345

Although, I suppose it could be worse.

The influx of “selfie drones” recently has also led to one or two issues. Not all of them have their propeller blades quite as protected as others. So you’ll still want to avoid flying them near peoples heads.

https://twitter.com/ashlyn_lauren/status/813197589180989444

Finally, there’s those that simply lost them.

https://twitter.com/Yo_GabaGabby/status/813156556745441280

One or two did find them again, though.

And there are so many more on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Some are obvious setups to get views, but there’s a lot out there crashing simply because they don’t know what they’re doing.

The FAA did actually put up a video last month warning users to fly safely with their drones. It appears that quite a few folks didn’t see it, so here it is again.

YouTube video

If you’ve just got a new drone and haven’t lost or killed it yet, please be careful. Aside from risking financial loss or personal injury, learning to fly them properly is just way more fun!

Remember, a drone is not just for Christmas!

Did you get a new drone for Christmas? Do you still have that new drone? Did you give one to somebody else this year? Do you know somebody who killed or lost their new Christmas drone? Let us know in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “2016 seems to be a record year for Christmas drone crashes”

  1. Toby Vandevelde Avatar
    Toby Vandevelde

    Simon Sutton

  2. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Got a Parrot Swat. Crashed it on top of GF’s mother’s head while she was putting on makeup. LOL. Good thing it only weighs a couple ounces.