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A beginner's guide to flying your drone without crashing it

Safely take to the skies.

DJI drone

Keep your shiny new drone safe.

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So you've just purchased a shiny new drone. As soon as you register your high-tech device (required for fliers that weight anything from 0.55 to 55 pounds, which most consumer UAVs do), you'll be ready to take to the skies. But wait—what if you crash and destroy your drone on its first outing? We've collected safe-flying tips from manufacturers and the Federal Aviation Administration, so you can avoid injuring bystanders or, more important, harming your expensive gadget itself.

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