ALERT | NEW FAA Rules for Recreational Drone Hobbyist | What You Need To Know!

In this video we discuss major changes the FAA has announced regarding rules for Recreational Drone Hobbyist.

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  1. R. Lee on March 12, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I’m not gonna do none of this, and I’m going to continue to let my 13 year old son fly. Fuck em!!

  2. Alive audioarc on March 12, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Great video. I have a question though- so I’m a recreational flyer. When I use the B4UFLY app, there are areas where it says “Good to go! / No advisories, but stay alert.” BUT, underneath that message it lists heliports and how far away I am from them.. so does this mean I’m not allowed to fly there? Because the distances are all under 5 miles, and there’s no way to use LAANC to get authorization. These rules are all very confusing unfortunately 🙁

  3. Robert Mcgee on March 12, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Why don’t they tell fixes wing aircraft, not to fly under 500 feet, so they don’t get In the way of recreational drones, kites, paragliders etc. making it all too complicated, just to extort money from the public.

  4. Mike Secondo on March 12, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Mmmmm….ok…so we can actually fly a ultra lite aircraft and have no license,no training…but we can’t fly a model airplane…..wait..what???!!!!!!!

  5. Nils Jakobson on March 12, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Just as I finally purchased my first quad this shit comes out.. Just going to fly it in distant areas far from city and hope for the best.

  6. Joey S on March 12, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Ahhh flying my kite when suddenly uncle Sam (FBI) shows up pulls out his revolver stop what your doing asks a 10 year old if you have a license for that no why he says well your coming with me to law school

  7. jim fang on March 12, 2021 at 12:20 am

    thanks for the info

  8. Curts Review 2020 on March 12, 2021 at 12:22 am

    That looked like Sanibel, guess we’re neighbors

  9. Tim Gwinn on March 12, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Go to hell FAA will not comply !!
    All you need is common sense !!!!!!

  10. Robert Mcgee on March 12, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Communists. How about kites? Are they gonna milk the kids too? If there’s no plains why they getting their snouts in the fun. Never see plains flying under 400 feet in most places.

  11. Buffalo Man on March 12, 2021 at 12:25 am

    the whole country is now told to smoke dope and space out, and how wonderful the pot revenues will be for our deeply corrupt NYS government…, and ama charges us to keep tabs for the faa on who we are and what we fly and money money money moves around

  12. Tomas Jay on March 12, 2021 at 12:25 am

    FAA spies are already going to AMA flying sites and telling RC pilots to pack up and go home if they are not registered with them and a current FAA number on their aircraft.  [Ogden, Utah, 12th street flying site]  They will lock-up your site and keep it closed until all AMA club members comply.  I don’t know if the FAA rep is taking names of members there to keep a tabs on.  It could get ugly confronting club members and start bullying flyers around with threats and fines/arrest.

  13. Ray Breezee on March 12, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Thanks man this really helped me out
    I’m getting a drone and soon getting my FAA License

  14. grifce on March 12, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Question is what are they afraid of.

  15. Buffalo Man on March 12, 2021 at 12:30 am

    seems AMA IS A FAA agent

  16. Chris Done on March 12, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Don’t do it . It’s corrupt government s. Basically they are watching every person flying these people can be rounded up at anytime coz they know where you are . NOW if guns were controlled from day 1 ,they would know where they are? But they don’t know where every gun is . This is why they will do this ,? there is no way they can control drones if they don’t know where they are ….. so don’t register tell them nothing….. the only ones registered will be company’s working with drones because they have no choice. . So these will be the first ones shut down when they decide it’s to dangerous. Can’t shut you down if they don’t know !?( .simple.) so remember cameras capture things accidentally and these accidental clips are what your not meant to see .so knowing where you are eliminates 70 % at least of that happening..f##k your rules FAA……………………………………………

  17. chris ortiz on March 12, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Have the rules for passing the aeronautical and safety test been implemented yet for recreational use?

  18. Fred Cooks With Wood on March 12, 2021 at 12:33 am

    The thing that bothers me the most is they are messing with AMA and all its members who fly at a specific location all the time. It seems like they may be slightly more linent on them but still grandpa who has been flying 50 years with the same AMA club isn’t going to know half of this freaking airspace rules and regulations. He has been flying under the AMA and club rules which reflect AMA’s rules and probably know those simple rules well and as a whole the group has cause minimal damage at best and no manned aircraft problems. I have 20+ years experience flying and I’m a little offended at the way things are going with the hobby I can only imagine how others with more flight experience feel about it…

  19. doggone on March 12, 2021 at 12:34 am

    New laws in the UK/EU will prevent us over here from flying higher than 400 feet even when standing beside a hill/mountain at 4000 feet. The only way you can get a drone up a 4000 feet hill is by climbing up the first 3600 feet of it, which is ok if you’re physically able, but the main advantage of the drone was to allow you to take shots of places that were physically difficult or dangerous to get to, like the top of a hill or mountain like this one.
    (You can guarantee that lawmakers in the states will be examining what’s happening in Europe in relation to drones regulations) , bureaucracy loves rules and laws.
    So its coming to a place near you soon.
    These guys would now be prevented by law and by geofencing software (especially DJI) from filming this footage ( ); and you certainly couldn’t fly from the base of that hill now but would have to climb up it, (and a fairly dangerous climb at that); but why should we have to endanger ourselves when can just send up a flying camera?

  20. Max Credits on March 12, 2021 at 12:35 am

    This seems to me to be very much like the gun controversy. People that own guns, legally, and use them responsibly are punished because of knuckleheads that have no interest in using common sense or following the law. It’s the same thing. Different flavor. Government regulates to the lowest common denominator and that’s a pretty low bar. We all end up suffering.

  21. Mike Krieger on March 12, 2021 at 12:36 am

    July 2020. As of this date no test is required for recreational drones.

  22. Mr Enigma on March 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Remind me to call my state rep later and push for some tighter control in residential areas… I do NOT feel comfortable with some creepy old fart down the street, sitting in his yard behind his chain link fence (he’s the ONLY one in the neighborhood with one), and using his drone to hover around peoples homes…I know I can’t shoot it down, not with a gun…but I may have to get a BB gun! Haha…

  23. Carlos Martinez on March 12, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Fuck no 👎👎👎👎

  24. smoberdeen on March 12, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I understand your point and interestingly enough I was having a similar conversation about this topic with my son last night. As an certificated A&P mechanic by the FAA I’m familiar with a cost at each step of a government process. But like I mentioned to my son, it leaves me shaking my head. How does this compare? I can purchase a $70,000 pickup truck and get a driver’s license for less than $50 and drive across the county. I purchase a drone for $70 dollars and I got it registered because that’s the law. But where’s the test and how much is it going to cost? I’m not going to fly in the fog, wind, rain, or if it’s extremely cold, (I don’t even hunt in that weather) so why do I need to know the effects the weather has on my drone? My point is this; let’s have a practical and an affordable test that encourages people to learn and pay a small administrative fee to be licensed {hobbyist}. The registration fee of $5 is practical. I don’t see a drone hobbyist training certificate being any different than a hunter’s safety course as long as it is focused on making the sport safer and not a money grab. I don’t believe we should be tested as a private or commercial pilot standards.

  25. Kid Henderson on March 12, 2021 at 12:48 am

    My drone does not require registration due to bieng under .55 lbs. I am in a green grid zone on an outer grid that is marked with 0. So I cannot fly my drone at my house? If so I need authorization and I do not have a registration number so how do I use LAANC? Also as the grid gets closer to the air port which is many miles away the grids go up to 400. Very confusing. Any help will be appreciated. PS: My drone app only states to fly with caution.

  26. Ray crazyraysplace on March 12, 2021 at 12:50 am

    All about money

  27. MASTERSAIS on March 12, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Just let it go, let it go.
    Let it go, let go_ ..
    how ever that song goes.
    I’m going to be able to tell my grand kids, one day. I remember there was a time in this country, when we had the freedom’s of flying a kite an airplane and a drone, in your back yard without going to prison.

    Personally I will not be putting any personal ID device on my radio… I understand that the people that thought of all these new laws believe in their own minds that this is a good idea. But In reality we all know it’s not… So the only reason why the FAA would implement the laws the way they have written them now is only, out of spite… FAA people want to Tax free air space that In most cases don’t belong to the government. How is that even legal? Taking away our freedom’s to privacy and to fly under 400 feet away from airport’s. Anyways I predict the FAA will do as they wish and, more law abiding people will be doing things illegal. If it goes though like I predict it would because you all told us it will happen. Getting hate mail, I believe you all enjoy Knowing it is getting people Mad and upset. I hope it will hinder all your kids and grand kids from flying and they blame you…

    To all of us Droners I think I have a solution to this, everyone that has a drone weather it can fly or not needs to turn it on. Tape the Drone to a tree or something safe off of the ground. Turn on the Drone and the radio, fly your drone if you can. This will flood the radio air space. They will not know whom to go after. Since drones are not like guns on new year’s day and fire works on the 4th. We can fly everyday. If you are afraid of getting cought flying then tape drone without props and tie it to a stick and pretend to fly it. We need to take control and show them it’s a waist of their money and their time…

  28. Clifton Cook on March 12, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I think the solution is easy, leave hobbyist at a 400 ft range give the corporate drones 400 – 1000 ft and they have rids

  29. Jon Brand on March 12, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Nope. I’m covered under Federal Common law for travelers, my drone flights fall squarely under my Federally protected right to travel without any form of State regulation or documentation. FAA rules do not apply to any of my drone flights. The end.

  30. J C on March 12, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Hi can I flying Drone in Hungary and Ukraine is legal?

  31. Joseph Fuller on March 12, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Not buying an Evo drone after all. Thanks FAA. I’ll be investing my money on something I will be allowed to actually use without inane regulations. The FAA regulations on what is basically a toy is overkill. I did not intend to fly something resembling a winged drone like a Raptor.

  32. Buffalo Man on March 12, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I just got in the hobby for long range fpv fun, and boy I got in… now its illegal lol boo hoo hoo

  33. MAD GRUMPYMAN on March 12, 2021 at 12:56 am

    WOW, are you a real "lead drone flight instructor" mister? That must be just one step under a fighter pilot hey? Some in our societies sure love to come up with important sounding titles for themselves. Well that’s right maam, I am in fact the SENIOR CHIEF SANITATION TECHNICIAN on this truck, and this is my crew, stand back please, we don’t want any civilians to be at risk.

  34. Saint Anthony Goodchild on March 12, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Thank you for passing along this helpful information and for including key resources as links in your video description. I appreciate how you breakdown the major changes for ‘19, that you highlight what to soon expect to see with the status of a couple issues which will affect all rec pilots, and especially of the UAS site usage. Very well-spoken and -made video, thank you.

  35. El Marty on March 12, 2021 at 1:00 am

    It makes sense not to fly around airports…..but five miles? if you are flying an airplane within 400 feet of a house five miles out of an airport…. I think we are looking at the wrong problem. I am not for flying in someone eles’s property but A simple height requirement above residential areas and ceiling requirements would make sense…..that is not the federal governments strong suit.

  36. I X on March 12, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I just passed my STFOTS certificate which let’s me shoot drones out the sky .

  37. winner wolf on March 12, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Don’t blame the FAA blame Congress they control the FAA keep voting Democrat BTW Amazon paid 14 million for this

    Boycott Amazon

  38. McCanns Adventures on March 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Where can i go to take the test discussed at 5:00 Knowledge Test? I live in Central Texas

  39. Wally on March 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Just came from the FAA website. For 8 million flyers and the
    hand wringing there only has been 4900 comments. Wake up people. This is your
    chance to comment. Please go to the FAA website and comment.
    Comments here are fine but make them to the FAA to make them count. 800
    thousand would be nice

  40. Andrew Hall on March 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Don’t put your drones down because some person saw a drone at the park and thought the pilot was ruining the view

  41. Jeff Wolsieffer on March 12, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I can set mine up, right now except, The FAA Needs To Make The Internet Free Access To Said Drones or it will not work.! Period.!!!
    The FCC will not allow Free Access to Planes; so, how will this be any different.?
    You want to track them, You Pay For It. – That’s The LAW. .. .. look it up.!

  42. Macha on March 12, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Everybody should just call for permission.
    Enough people call, they will get annoyed and change the rules.

  43. Andrew Borntrager on March 12, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Part 107.29 Daylight operation: No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft system during night.

  44. See Nomore on March 12, 2021 at 1:05 am


  45. Tony Emory on March 12, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Remember when America was called the land of the free and home of the brave? Now its more like America the land of the Fees and home to the Depraved and indifferent. I for one am sick of this government overreaching shit i say FUCK the government and their tyrannical ridiculous laws that make no difference other than lining the pockets of the corrupt politicians and greedy corporations like AMAZON!!!! fueling the legislation.

  46. Bob Earl on March 12, 2021 at 1:07 am

    You got got it is and includes rc planes too

  47. Mel Robinson on March 12, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Hi I never watch your video before and I like your drones also like drone’s to I gotten a drone for Christmas

  48. Jakob H on March 12, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Great overview, thanks 👍🏻

  49. Tom Kearns on March 12, 2021 at 1:09 am

    when are you going to address the proposed rules that go into affect dec 29, 2020? Especially address recreational RC planes , please

  50. Jusbcauz on March 12, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Governmental money grab! I wont comply! No way! No how! Haven’t registered and wont bend over for this either!

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