Hey Dronrs- bit of a somber episode today as I want to touch on the seriousness of following the recreational drone rules that have been set out for our community. Even those of us with our Part 107 licenses are beholden to these rules when we don’t fly commercially, so they’re important to know.
Unfortunately, there was an incident in my own backyard where a drone pilot flying at night hit a police helicopter and he now faces federal charges. Know the rules and follow them because we want to make sure drones are fun, safe, and easy to use for a long time to come.
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Recreational Drone Rules:
1. Register your drone, mark it on the outside with the registration number and carry proof of registration with you.
2. Fly only for recreational purposes.
3. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet above the ground when in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace.
4. Obtain authorization before flying in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, and E). You can obtain authorization in three ways:
– A written agreement with the FAA for fixed flying sites. For more information about fixed flying sites, contact us at UAShelp@faa.gov.
NOTE: Flying drones in certain airspace is not allowed. Classes of airspace and flying restrictions can be found on our B4UFLY app.
5. Keep your drone within your visual line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located (physically next to) and in direct communication with you.
6. Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting that allows you to know its location and orientation at all times.
7. Give way to and do not interfere with manned aircraft.
8. Never fly over any person or moving vehicle.
9. Never interfere with emergency response activities such as disaster relief, any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
10. Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many over-the-counter medications have side effects that could impact your ability to safely operate your drone.
11. Do not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner.
Recreational flyers should know that if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless or reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.
Link to the rules: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
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