DON'T Go to JAIL for FLYING a DRONE 🛸 [ FAA Rules]

Flying a Drone is EASY. Crashing is even EASIER. But Following the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] RULES and REGULATIONS can get TRICKY. Here’s How NOT to Get in Trouble w the LAW.

Register The Drone

0:00 Intro
00:38 Register & Label [Link to FAA site ⬆️ ]

01:14 WHERE to FLY
01:46 B4UFLY
02:33 How HIGH Can you FLY?
03:14 Watching Drone
03:38 SIGNAL INTERFERENCE [Cell Towers, Power Lines, Buildings]
04:18 Flight Range
04:45 WHEN can you fly?
05:09 Night Flying?
05:33 Outro

#DroneFlying #FAARules #FAALaws

By ART FREEMAN ( Producer / FAA Licensed Drone Pilot)
For Questions / Comments –
Follow me on Social Media:

Video Transcript:

Hey guys, as you know Flying Drones is EASY but Following the FAA that’s FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION Rules and Regulations can get TRICKY and if you are NOT CAREFUL you may get fined some serious coin, as a drone pilot in Philadelphia recently found out THE HARD WAY when the FAA fined him $182,000 . God Damn. So here is EVERYTHING You NEED to KNOW to fly the DRONE and NOT get into A LOT OF TROUBLE.

First of all keep in mind that the FAA wants you to REGISTER and LABEL your drone. So if your drone is over .5 LBS but under 50lbs, it needs to be registered. Now, you have to be at least 13 years old, fill out some basic info online, pay the nominal fee of $5 dollars, slap a Unique Identifier on your drone and you are good to go. Next. In a lot of the public places today you are simply NOT allowed to fly. The FAA explicitly states you may NOT fly over PEOPLE, or MOVING CARS, so no flying over concerts, traffic, beach, etc as you can get into a lot of trouble for that. So then WHERE CAN you fly, legally speaking. Well, lucky for us, there are a couple of Apps that are designed specifically for that.
First one is B4UFLY, an Official FAA Approved App and not only does it tell you if you LEGALLY CAN or CAN’T fly in a certain area but it also allows you to request FLIGHT Authorization via LAANC for areas that need it.

The Second App is KITTYHAWK, a more in depth drone flight app that provides flight plans, weather information, and even video streaming capabilities.
However, even though sometimes the app will say that you ARE authorized to LEGALLY fly your drone in a certain area, the cops may have other thoughts, so better check with them first.

So once you are ready for the flight there is the ISSUE of HOW HIGH can you fly. Even though lots of drones can go way above 500 even 1000 ft, the FAA PROHIBITS flying the drone past 400ft above the ground. And that has to do with different types of airspace. Most of the times you are going to be flying in an uncontrolled airspace designated by letter G. We’ll talk more about different types of airspace in a later video. So maximum flying altitude of 400ft above ground. However, what if you are flying above a structure, like a building or a house. Well the law goes on to say that you are able to fly UP TO 400ft above the structure. Flying above 400ft in general is allowed only for EMERGENCIES.

Now keep in mind that maintaining visual observation of your drone is a MUST at all times. The FAA EXPLICITLY reminds pilots to keep an eye out on the drone at all times and for that reason suggests having a dedicated visual observer, you know someone to literally keep eyes on the drone.

When flying in the city, you have to take the surroundings into consideration. Electricity, cell towers, and buildings CAN and DO create signal interference between the drone and your remote control and you may EASILY lose control of your drone and it WILL crash into something. Now personally I have lost drones to Trees, Walls even at close distance so try to fly your drone away from obstacles.In terms of the range, even though better drones are rated for up to a few miles of range, usually the farther away the drone is the weaker the signal gets and the more likely you are to LOSE CONNECTION and CONTROL of your drone and that is when you can lose your drone entirely. Casey Niestat did it, I did it but hope you don’t make the same mistake.

What TIME of day you fly during ALSO MATTERS. According to the FAA regulations, you can fly your drone 30 min before official sunrise to 30 min after official sunset. So the 30 min before sunrise, and 30 min after sunset are what’s called the TWILIGHT hours and to fly during those times you will need special ANTI- COLLISION Lights. Flying at night is absolutely prohibited, I repeat flying during the night is prohibited and you can get into a lot of trouble for flying at night.

All music is licensed via Epidemic Sound
Steak Frites – Dylan Sitts


  1. Steve Beatty on January 2, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    GFY FAA, AMA, Amazon, DJI, et al…..Anyone who ever thought it was a good idea to fly over non participants or moving vehicles deserved to be fined under current public endangerment laws . We needed more laws like we need more holes in our heads.. Thanks autonomous camera barge makers for making it easy for just about any one to be a complete fool …no flying or building talent required..

  2. FlySoul on January 2, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Hello 👋Very good work . Thank you for sharing. Be safe my friend. Have a nice day 🍺

Leave a Comment