new zealand droneReutersHe's thrilled.

Consumer drones are here, and they are super rad. Just look how much fun this guy on the right is having!

Whether you just got a drone for Christmas or you plan to fly one in the new year, you should familiarize yourself with the rules that will not only keep you and others safe, but also out of trouble with the law. 

We took a look at some of the guidelines — from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) — and narrowed down seven things you absolutely must know before flying a drone for the first time.

Of note: these are not the only guidelines proposed by the FAA or the AMA, but these are the ones most likely to keep you from hurting yourself or others. Oh, and to keep you from getting arrested.

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