7 Ways for Drone Pilots to Avoid the Wrath of the FAA!

The FAA is stepping up their policing of drone pilots. This is largely due to bystanders reporting them. Here are 7 things you can do to help mitigate a surprise letter in the mail, containing an unreasonably egregious fine.

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50 Comments

  1. Uwe Schroeder on March 25, 2021 at 12:36 am

    As far as I know there are some properties in TX and AK where lower altitude airspace is owned by the property owner. Don’t nail me on it, but I remember reading up on that years ago because it was unusual that there’s 2 states which have some properties with a special status.

  2. Alex xelA on March 25, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Entitled to police everything around them? That’s pretty much how America portrays itself around the world 🙂 So no surprises here.

  3. Jocqui Hebbert-Kelly on March 25, 2021 at 12:39 am

    This doesn’t apply to the mini 2 right?

  4. deanscottphoto on March 25, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Well I WAS considering buying a drone for recreational purposes until I saw this video

  5. Das Elementum on March 25, 2021 at 12:41 am

    According to an FAA agent they are cracking down because they are working remotely and trolling looking for drone videos

  6. Constable Dodo on March 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Nah I ain’t doin all that fam.

  7. ken Lane on March 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Wow, taking de-breathing to a new level. You have large lungs, lol

  8. azad on March 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Great video as usual as you are.
    What about posting on Facebook is that illegal too? Please let me know .
    Thanks

  9. MrBummpr on March 25, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Where can I get a copy of the preprinted documentation you are ready to provide for those who question your freedom to fly?

  10. moHam goHam on March 25, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Damn Karen’s they always call police 👮‍♀️ on me it hard being young black Muslim living in NY

  11. J Escamilla on March 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Almost passed it up but I watched the whole video and now I will Def be doing the things you recommended. Thanks

  12. D00M1234 on March 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    YES! You probably just saved me some VERY VERY VERY dear trouble! Thank you!

  13. Illuminate_Us on March 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I avoid all of this by simply not posting all of my drone flying shots. Im sorry but im not going to sit in a radio tower talking with airports about the possibility of a plane flying in the air keeping me from flying a tiny drone.

  14. Derek Iannuzzi on March 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Hey so just curious, has anyone tried to challenge the FAA with this? I can’t be the first to question this…. "Unmanned Aircraft (UA) – means an aircraft operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft." Can you tether a long line to your quad and essentially it doesn’t fall into the FAA’s definition of a UAS; allowing you to take videos in national parks, etc? I’m not trying to circumnavigate legalities to push buttons. I’m just accustomed to harping on specifics and curious if anyone has been challenged on that. BTW thanks for all your videos, this one has some great content.

  15. Isaac Schluesche on March 25, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Wonderful video, thank you!

  16. shadowhunter388 on March 25, 2021 at 12:52 am

    God this is ridiculous. I mean I understand the safety factor but jesus.

  17. Robert Shealy on March 25, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Air space is seen as non-public but this is not true, this is just human invention per the government no one can truly own airspace including a government. Air space is a public entity since the dawn of time just cause they change the title and put it under safety…anyone can hurt someone in a multitude of ways inside airspace for example: Jumping in air and punching someone(I did it while in air faa is 1" and up) , car crash (launch off of bridge im in airspace), guns (fired into air breach of airspace), playing sports (Kick ball into air in faa airspace) etc, why dont we have certifications for a soccer ball or possibly knifes etc. Therefore it is unconstitutional for the Faa to regulate airspace on the premise of safety and thus regulate drones which fly in it. Flight and taking photos can be seen as a freedom of expression as well as life liberty and the pursuit of happiness and to sell those expressions cause they came out good or to create a living is seen as illegal if certain obligations are not met. But air space is just that air nobody can truly own air. Therefore faa is breaking constitutional rights and freedoms bestowed to American citizens per the constitution and bill of rights. This is government overreach and they take citizens money to allow for compliance as well to line there pockets. As well drones don’t put peoples lives in danger, example hot air balloon, aircraft, helicopters. These all can cause serious harm or death to individuals if pilots don’t have proper education and training. But for drones they just make up their own rules even when there’s no passengers this is just a money grab or mafia thinking, its a scam, there should be no regulations or minimal regulations that don’t require training. Common sense is all that should be required to fly drones or maybe if they want to be strict and controlling like they are getting to that point just don’t allow for sale of drones unless certain classes or training has been met. I cant just go get into a plane, balloon, rocket, helicopter or manned uav for military use without proper training but yet I can buy a drone off the shelf and fly it as a hobbyist but not for commercial this is the epitome of hypocrisy. if you make money from flying u owe us money but if your flying for fun we dont care complete nonsense. the hobbyist is more dangerous then the professional flyer, it just doesnt make sense except for money grab. This is unconstitutional rules for commercial drone pilots but not for hobbyists. Get your shit together faa or leave drone pilots alone. Do either one or the other make strict rules where few can fly or lax rules that dont infringe on our rights. FAA U DONT OWN AIR NO ONE DOES. if faa thinks they own all airspace then your ignorant you cant. its not a physical object or place, it is air that is invisible over land, you also cant own space which you will try to do in the future what is space but a vacuum of nothingness. But i will say sure you can own space ships, planets, stars, comets, asteroids. Any place you can place a flag pretty much. But government cant own invisible objects like air and space. its just ignorant.

  18. TED C on March 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

    An airplane flus over at 500 feet and no one cares. A drone at 400 at they panic.
    Has any one seen a drone fly into a building and burn it down or kill a few people..
    I don’t yhink so.

  19. Rob Hufman on March 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Do you happen to have a template of the laminated document you were talking about?

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  21. Will Miller on March 25, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Have to return to reality. The FAA has no control of a few billion birds, some capable of flying 20.000 feet and they’re in a thither about a few small flying objects controlled by humans. I just drove down the highway at 70 mph passing other one to five-ton rolling objects passing within "unsafe" social distancing range with no problems. Happens billions of times a day, and our FAA is screwing with drones instead of doing their jobs of making sure that Boeing is producing safe aircraft.

  22. John Frederick on March 25, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Karen’s! … 😭. You used that perfectly!

  23. David Jones on March 25, 2021 at 12:58 am

    All the stuff that the FAA and/or Karen’s get upset about, commercial autonomous drones flying for megacorps will be allowed to do. It will be a double standard. The FAA needs to develop more categories for uav’s other than just below 250 grams and more than 250 grams. There need to be provisions for drones that have gps, collision avoidance, rth, geo lock, etc. vs drones with nothing.

  24. Ivandoe Hoofs on March 25, 2021 at 1:01 am

    It means those with a drone job/career are getting paid tons of money soo the GuVeRmNeNt wants a piece of it, and faa wants to regulate it because of karens

  25. Steve Grimes on March 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Excellent video, thanks very much!

  26. TED C on March 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    The are growing illegal pot in their back yard.

  27. Keith Alcibiade on March 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Russ could you, or someone else please give me advice here, I got a brand new mavic air 2 fly more combo, where I live is a very hilly area, I’m having trouble losing signal whenever There’s literally anything in between me and the drone as well as whenever I get out to a quarter mile or so away it starts losing signal It tells me to adjust the antennas but you can’t with that controller so I just try to rotate the controller and it doesn’t really seem to help I’m just really disgusted with its lack of ability to hold signal In general whether it be from hills trees or distance of any more than a quarter mile I don’t know what to do to fix this because from what I’m reading It’s not normal for this to happen at these close distances I mean there’s no chance I could even fly them all away without it losing signal

  28. P K on March 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    can you do a video for people that own the mavic mini 249grams? There are really no videos about the FAA rules on this. I feel like someone will walk up to me one day and Karen me.

  29. Karpis Maksudian on March 25, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Excellent Video, Thank you

  30. Chris Olson on March 25, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Great video, I’ve watched it a few times now. Would you be willing to share the content you have on your laminated sheet? Thanks for the video!

  31. Thomas Hadley on March 25, 2021 at 1:07 am

    LAAANC ????

  32. Jessie Rodriguez on March 25, 2021 at 1:09 am

    What about flying in the gulf what are the requirements

  33. D on March 25, 2021 at 1:10 am

    TIL, make sure you never put your registration number on your drone, and always make sure you clear your internal storage on your drone before you fly.. this way if something happens, you can ditch the drone and run and if they find the drone they can’t tie it to you, and they can’t look at the flight history to deduce where you live or any other location that’s tied to you! Why follow their draconian "rules".. just mitigate responsibility and if you’re caught.. run!

  34. OfficialPhillyimage on March 25, 2021 at 1:10 am

    you are awesome man!

  35. DarkWater4Eva on March 25, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Great tips but your forgot the very first tip is to slap a Boeing logo on your drone.

  36. tommycattap on March 25, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Gee, flying a drone takes more than driving a car or motor bike. What about the toy "cars" and bikes that kids "driving" on sidewalks and in the streets? Let’s just make rules for them and roller skates, skate boards and flying kites and model boats on public water. Gov. that got out of hand, "we must require strict rules and regulations for them. Model rockets and no fireworks without a license and fire house protection on site. There are more that require rules, regulation and protection of the public (we need your money to pay our wages).

  37. Our Journey In Myles on March 25, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Excellent, high energy, info packed episode! Bravo!

  38. Jonnie Bravo on March 25, 2021 at 1:14 am

    People are so overly sensitive. It’s sickening.

  39. LEX HTFD,CT on March 25, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Just get a DJI mini 2 that is 249 grams that doesn’t need registration and fly safely 😉

  40. Sandeep Deswal on March 25, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Thanks ..very clearly informative

  41. Aaron's Projects Official on March 25, 2021 at 1:18 am

    This is a great and informative video. I just got my first drone and this was very helpful. Thank you.

  42. james weaver on March 25, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Your great to model!

  43. Robert Lacourse on March 25, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Hello. First an excellent video! I recently retired from the FAA as an ASI/UAS, aka Drone Focal point, and the one that investigated all the drone issues in my district. Currently I am a UAS DRONE PRO for the district, (volunteer educator). Your 7 ways are spot on, and I wish all operators would watch it. If i may add two items of interest, first the LAANC authorization confirmation number SHOULD be documented, either on the preflight checklist or anywhere. By the way 107 does require a preflight inspection, it is up to the operator to prove this preflight for each flight. The FAA has the ability to verify this LAANC number/date and time, and operator authorization. Without proof it is your word against theirs, or the complainant’s. It is advisable to keep this data for as long as you own the drone, at least 2 years. Secondly, you mentioned it and I am glad you did is the maintenance record. It is the operators responsibility, (in lieu of an airworthiness certificate) to keep/ensure the Drone is in an airworthy condition. When I was talking with, aka investigating, an operator i would ask for proof of airworthiness of the UAS. This was often followed by a blank stare. I would ask a follow up question, "What is your Drone hit a person and caused serious injury, can you prove that you were flying an airworthy aircraft?" remember saying so is not the same as showing documentation.
    Lastly, yes I know I said a couple things , but you are spot on with having the right attitude with the FAA. Having a willing and able attitude will always side in your favor. It is a program called the FAA’s Compliance Program.
    I will be hosting a zoom/ poss a webinar that discusses how the complaint process works and how operators should react to "the call". Again thanks again for he great video
    One last foot note: UAS flight records can be requested by the FAA, and when provided, (in my experience) has helped the UAS operator prove that they were flying with the rules.

  44. Dungeons and Diving on March 25, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Hey man, great video. Just getting into flying drones (DJI Mavic Air 2) and stumbled across your video while looking for tips and info. Any chance you can share a sample of what your laminated sheet says? Obviously, not asking for personal info…. but what points and wording you use. Safety is paramount in everything we do and I really like the idea of giving them the info they’re asking for while I safely land the drone.

  45. Jonathan Carroll on March 25, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Do I need Airmap or Kittyhawk if I use the DJI Fly app? The DJI Fly App seems to let me know about my airspace.

  46. Liz Carelli on March 25, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Thank you ! Great video..

  47. 3fees on March 25, 2021 at 1:25 am

    The FAA is under a rule of education right now rather than penalty( this will probably change), penalty comes up after a drone pilot refuses to comply which is quite different than a FAA Private Pilot -student or otherwise with ratings or simply VFR, here FAA inspectors are quite nosy this includes any license issued by the FAA in re to aircraft, yes even designers,mechanics, management ect have to be healthy and have there full wits about them when involved in aerospace flying or on the ground.

  48. Chasbro Chas on March 25, 2021 at 1:27 am

    2nd time I’m watching this. Probably will a few more times. With all the drones sold today. I have to believe half the drone owners don’t even know there are rules.

  49. Braiden Wells on March 25, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaah I’m not doing all of that.

  50. D on March 25, 2021 at 1:32 am

    You shouldn’t have to lick the governments boots just so you can operate what amounts to a flying RC car. We already have laws against pretty much any nefarious or dangerous thing you could ever do with a small drone, so why do we need jackbooted regulation to do so? Especially from a regulatory agency that distinguishes flying for "fun" or making a little money while you do it? There’s NO difference between the two flights, they just want to make sure that you’re not making any money that they don’t know about cause they want to rob you.. sorry.. tax you. Also, if you make money from a drone flight, you’re earning the money because of your photography. It’s the photography that made the money, not the drone.. so why does the FAA think they have the right to interfere in commerce? Like I said, weather I sell the footage I recorded from my drone or not, the flight stays the same. There’s literally NO difference if I sell the footage or not. Therefore, I believe that it’s way outside the FAA’s regulatory authority to distinguish any difference between drone flights that were for funzee’s or weather you end up selling the footage afterwards.
    What if I record a flight that I took for fun, then 5 years from now, I decided to sell a clip from the footage I took? Does it mean that I broke the law because the flight ended up being for commercial purposes? Screw the whole thing! I think nthe FAA should stay the hell out of the UAV hobby/trade, unless one of them affects an plane or an airport.

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