Just in time for Christmas, we learned today that the Federal Aviation Administration apparently has its own "naughty-or-nice" list.
The FAA, which regulates civil drone use, released a holiday-themed video advising unmanned aircraft operators to stay off the agency’s “naughty list” by flying drones lighter than “the world’s largest bunny rabbit.”
(Traditionally reserved for Easter, bunnies deserve a little love at Christmas, too!)
The video, complete with animated ornaments and gift boxes, really hits its stride around 0:57.
“Don’t fly anything that weighs more than 55 pounds,” a narrator says. “What weighs 55 pounds? Ralph, the world’s largest bunny rabbit.”
Here’s a snapshot of Ralph, who used to be the world’s largest bunny until he was reportedly dethroned by a continental giant rabbit named Darius in April 2014.
Ralph, World's Largest Bunny Rabbit pic.twitter.com/a6XfMqRsva— Animal Planet (@MeetAnimals) April 18, 2014
Another helpful hint, courtesy of the #KnowB4UFly campaign: Don’t fly your drone higher than 400 feet, which happens to be 55 feet lower than the Great Pyramids of Giza. The FAA’s video helpfully includes a visual.
But lurking behind the animated wonders of the world -- both ancient and animal -- is a serious warning: Drones, which are widely available for as little as $20, are easy to operate, but can pose serious risks if not flown properly, experts say. Among the video’s other tips:
- Don’t fly near airports, stadiums, or other people.
- Don’t fly your drone beyond your line of sight.
- Examine your drone before you fly it.
- Don’t fly for payment unless you’ve been authorized by the FAA.
- Don’t be careless or reckless -- or you could face a fine for endangering others.