You have just bought a new drone and are excited to try it out. While you are getting the battery charged to test it, you need to be aware of the rules set by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for flying different drones in the US. Drones globe says, apart from the rules and regulations, you should know your rights as well.
Flying Drones for Fun or For Making Money
Before you understand the rules by the FAA, you need to determine if you will be flying just for fun or will be using it to make money. If it is only for fun, there are just a few rules that need to be followed. Till a few years back, people were required to register their drones that weight more than 8 ounces to be able to use them outdoors. The cost of registration of was $5 for three years. However, the federal appeals court has upheld this requirement, and all you need to do is register their drone on the FAA website, activate the drone, and you are good to go.
In case, you intend to make money by flying the drone; you need to pass a FAA test and also get a Part 107 certification. Once you get the certificate, only then will you be able to use the drone to take pictures and videos to sell, work on movies or using it for weddings or real estate marketing.
Even before you start flying that drone, you need to ensure that you are not operating it in a “No Fly Zone” established by FAA, the US Military, and the US National Parks. It is best to take a quick look at the FAA website before flying because many times there are temporary fly zones that can pop up from time to time.
Rules You Need to Follow
Whether you are flying for fun or for making money, here are some of the rules that you need to know that appliesto everyone –
- Keep the drone below the height of 400 feet.
- Ensure that your drone is within your eye range at all times. You can also use a spotter to help you while flying.
- You should be at least 5 miles away from any airports. If you want to, you need to get special permission by contacting the airport or the control tower. Remember that you can face criminal penalties and can face jail time along with fine to endanger the safety of an aircraft if you fly your drone without permission near the airports.
- You cannot use your drone near stadiums or racetracks during aspecial event such as Indianapolis 500 or Superbowl.
- Stay away from National Parks such as Yosemite or Grand Canyon or you can be sent to jail for six months or have $5,000 fine imposed on you.
- Ensure that your drone is at least 25 feet away from people and avoid using it over unprotected crowds.
- Avoid flying the drone near sensitive areas such as water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, government agencies, power stations and others.
- Always respect other peoples’ privacy. Do not fly your drone on other person’s property or photograph people without their permission.
- Avoid flying your drones near any fires otherwise, you can be fined up to $25,000.
How to Deal with Conflict
In case you are flying your drone and get into a conflict with another person, you need to be careful. Try and diffuse the situation on your own. Tell the other person what you are doing to ensure that you are not spying on them but using it to catch beautiful images or videos. Even they fail to understand, and you are within your rights to fly the drone, it is best to call the police right away before the situation goes out of hand.
Using drones can be quite fun and allow you to take photos of things that you cannot get from the ground. But, it is essential to follow the rules set by FAA to avoid any conflict. Using the rules and some common sense, you can have a great time flying your drone.
Article Written by: James Cole