In August of 2017, the FAA released new rules regarding small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, more commonly referred to as Drones.  Prospective operators—from everyday consumers to small businesses offering aerial services—don’t always make safety a priority.  Many small business-owners don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a drone for personal use, it doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere you want, especially without proper training. 

The new rules require drone pilots to keep their aircraft within a visual line of sight at all times.  Operation of a UAS is limited to daylight hours and only allowed after dark if the UAS is equipped with anti-collision lights.   It is now prohibited to fly a drone over unprotected people on the ground who are unaware of the flight itself or aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation. The new regulations also cover some basic height and speed restrictions, but if you really want to read the fine details, please click here. 

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Need more information about drone safety?

RECREATIONALLY vs COMMERCIALLY

  • Beginners should fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles whenever possible.
  • Keep your UAS within eyesight at all times, and ask someone to observe/assist if neccessary.
  • Never interfere with manned aircraft operations. Be aware of obstacles and avoid other aircrafts at all times.
  • Do not intentionally fly over moving vehicles or unprotected persons without their consent. You must remain at least 25 feet away from individuals, regardless, and with regard to their personal property.
  • Do not operate a UAS anywhere near airports or wherever the possibility of collision with another aircraft may occur.
  • Do not fly in bad weather conditions. (ie. high winds or reduced visibility)
  • Do not operate a UAS (or anything, for that matter) under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is certifiably proficient in the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Do not fly close to sensitive infrastructure or personal property. This includes, but is not limited to, power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, highways, government facilities, etc.
  • Check and follow all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances before flying over private (owned) property.
  • Do not capture video or take photos in areas where there is an expectation of privacy, without the written permission of the individual being recorded.
  • Follow community-based drone safety regulations, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
  • Commercial use of a UAS includes:
  • Selling photos or videos taken by a drone
  • Using a drone to provide contracted services, such as virtual tours or factory inspections
  • Offering professional services such as security or telecommunications
  • Using UAS to monitor the progress or quality of work your company or competitor is performing

What requirements do I need to fly commercially?

Remote Pilot Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of someone holding a remote pilot airman certificate
  •  Must pass the applicable Transportation Security Administration (TSA) vetting

UAS Requirements:

  • Must weigh less than 55 lbs.*
  • Must undergo pre-flight check by remote pilot in command (a.k.a. you or the person supervising the operation)

 

Location Requirements:

  • Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required Air Traffic Controller (ATC) permission