Drone Rules 2021 – Some of These Might Make You Quit the Hobby!

Drone Rules 2021 – Some of These Might Make You Quit the Hobby!

Drone rules and regulations are so difficult to navigate. Are there actually good reasons for having them?

Timestamps:
0:00: Intro
2:45: Why 400 AGL Max?
4:29: Why Visual Line of Sight?
8:03: Flying Over People?
10:09: Flying in National Parks?
13:37: Why Register My Drone?

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50 Comments

  1. Jaren S2k on August 25, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    So what if you fly recreational and take some photos to post on facebook or instagram. Do you need a 107?

  2. Tim Wolfe on August 25, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Doesn’t matter, it’s only a handful of people hiding in Washington (F.A.A). They are going to do what they are told to do. Politicians who listen to the few big Corporations who pay for their re-election. Those are the companies who want the sky for them selves. They can’t deliver in the rain, wind, or snow or night. How are they going to deliver to apartments, condos, and in big cities? They’ve taken another hobby away. My hot Rod(E.P.A.), Target shooting(A>T>F) I’ll get my golf clubs back out.

  3. willia3r on August 25, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    3:34 screw that guy. He’s not the _"God of the sky."_

    Democracy, baby!!!!

  4. usernamemykel on August 25, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Keeping visual contact of the drone – If I’m using my cellphone for operating and viewing my drone, would that be okay, like wearing eyeglasses/spotting scope/binocs????

  5. APEX360DRONES on August 25, 2021 at 10:27 pm
  6. Christine LaBeach on August 25, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I have a MA2 brand new in the box I haven’t even opened yet because I too scared to fly anymore. Too many rules now.

  7. bwoo404 on August 25, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    So what is the availability and cost of rfid devices (add-on)?

  8. rhadiem on August 25, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Never forget you are an advocate for the people not an apologist. Cheers.

  9. 51 Drones on August 25, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I should clarify something I state in the video about 400 AGL, because some people are losing their minds about my misstatement. 400AGL means 400 feet above the ground, not 400 feet above your launch point as I state in the video. So wherever you are, the limit is 400 feet above the ground at that point. I apologize for this egregious mistake. I should be whipped with a wet noodle. I will say this – if you are flying at 400 feet above your launch point, and you fly over a ditch that is 500 horizontal feet away, putting your drone at 450 feet AGL, guess what . . . do you really think that is a major issue? Just saying. Use common sense. If you launch from the edge of a canyon that is 1000 feet deep, you are technically breaking the law if you fly over the canyon until you drop down to -600 feet on your screen. But how do you know how deep that canyon is? You don’t. Again, it’s about common sense. Until drones have altimeters on them, just be sensible. So for those of you on Mavicpilots.com losing your mind over this tiny statement, I’m sorry.

  10. UAV_JP Dubz on August 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Should I update my DJI? I’ve never done one..

  11. White Wolf on August 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Look, it’s like anything else. If I’m gonna shell out 500 Biden Bucks for a drone, I MIGHT want to learn how to fly it well in little incremental steps before hitting the trail and trying to drone down a wolf pack. Meanwhile, even a little eeny-ieny drone weighing 2 ounces can do damage to a person if it hits them in the face at 200 mph. But for that matter, one can do a lot of damage just pedaling a 10-speed into a crowd. It boils down to being responsible or being a public nuisance. In the latter case mommy can just yank your drone away and give it to the dog for a chew toy.

  12. Aaron Williamson on August 25, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I’m a caregiver and listen to more YouTube then anything. I recently bought a DJI Mavic Air 2S and fly 2-4 times a day through out the day. Your videos are very informative and i could see this turning into a podcast for people who want to learn more but have day jobs or drive for a living. PODCASTS PODCASTS PODCASTS 🥳

  13. White Wolf on August 25, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    7:30
    I was flying my drone beyond the visual line of sight and crashed into the bottom of the wash gully. The jackrabbits filed a complaint but I have yet to be served by the timber warden.

  14. willia3r on August 25, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    11:04 Kitty Hawk app or Airmap app. Good to know.

  15. Arnis on August 25, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    How can you have a complete sight if you are in a manned drone/helicopter?? You can’t. It is not explainable.

  16. White Wolf on August 25, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    11:39
    I get it!! Last night half the citizens of New York City awoke with a great idea- I am going to hightail it to Monument Valley and fly my drone!! Right.
    This is gov’t stupidity gone out of control.

  17. Shy Ali on August 25, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I was s excited to buy my first drone, and now regret it due to all these rules and regulations in UK and taking it abroad

  18. Gomez on August 25, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    We get the rules because there are idiots, plain and simple. Been that way for a long time.

  19. ksetuni w on August 25, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    The FAA is CLEARLY an unconstitutional agency therefore any edict put out by them is null and void. Especially regarding rc aircraft of any sort. Here is an example of why by a constitutional scholar which supports my claim.

    We must remember there is absolutely no authority for the federal government to regulate domestic flights. The assertion of necessity due to international flights or national security is a false assertion and does not create a domestic regulatory authority.

    The commerce clause, contrary to modern thought, also does not create an authority for the federal government to regulate air traffic. James Madison, also known as the Father of the Constitution explained in an address to the House of Representatives in 1792, that the commerce clause is not a power of its own but a description of the purpose of those limited and enumerated powers expressly delegated to the federal government through the Constitution. Madison warns us, that to allow Congress to turn this clause into a power, creates a completely unlimited federal government, one that the Constitution cannot tolerate:

    “for if the clause in question really authorizes Congress to do whatever they think fit…, of which they are to judge, and money can be applied to it, …every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress…were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America…”

    The FAA should not exist as it does and it certainly has no constitutional authority to regulate our domestic air traffic. Therefore, privatizing is exactly what should happen.

    Excerpt from https://tenthamendmentcenter.com … vatize-air-traffic/

  20. muzikmon2267 on August 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS BECAUSE IF THERE WASN’T SO MANY BONEHEADS OUT THERE FROM THE BEGINNING BREAKING RULES ACTING LIKE IDIOTS THERE WOULDN’T BE SO MANY RULES OTHER THAN THE COMMON SENSE BASIC ONES!!

  21. PanchopistolasSR Rodas on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Hello! everyone, next week I am going to a Central American (El Salvador) country and my sibling is taking the drone. And I wanted to know if my sibling can fly there. DJI mini 2. Intent fun- spend time with family.

  22. Bill Steiert on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Someone once told me that discipline is not about what you do when people are watching, it is about what you do when no one is watching. Having said that, I did not realize that I could launch my drone from my boat and fly over Ft Sumter "legally". I have been dying to get aerial footage of this National Historic Monument since I first started flying drones. I am Part 107 certified and while I do occasionally fracture local speed ordnances (in my car), I do not bend on aviation rules. I once flew 500 feet AGL just to say that I had done it and immediately regretted it. Not long after that flight, I saw a MedEvec helicopter land at the local fire station to pick up someone who needed emergency transport. Even the tiniest drone can cause catastrophic damage to a device that defies all natural forces to stay in the air such as a helicopter and because of its narrow flight envelope near ground, it could have been deadly. I implore all who fly drones to know that flight is a tenuous thing either for UAV’s or for manned aircraft. The rules exist to ensure that MANNED aircraft do not fall out of the sky. Sure, some of the rules are to keep you from dropping a drone on someone’s head and may seem a little restrictive but they are all about safety. I, for one, do not ever want for someone to get hurt because of me or my drone. Good flying to you all!

  23. Robert Fitzpatrick on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Because there are So many Silly people that take so many chances. even on the roads as we all know.

  24. The Unsophisticated Platypus on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Seems like a Free Speech argument will be made at some point.

  25. nekrosoft13 on August 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    "when drone malfunctions" don’t fly over people… They should make planes follow the same rule…

  26. ksetuni w on August 25, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Sorry the national parks are illegal. The constitution allows for very specific and minimal federal owned lands. The national parks ARE NOT one of them. That land belongs to the states so anything they put out is null and void.

  27. John Shyer on August 25, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    IF people would be responsible, absolutely we don’t need the new rules. But it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes perusing through youtube videos on drones to see that that people don’t follow the laws. Everything that was changed was our own fault, we had a chance and we blew it. Yes, the Amazon’s, etc., want the skys to themselves, but they wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on if there weren’t hundreds of videos of people seeing how high they could fly, or flying over roads, or breaking every other law on flying. You did it to yourselves, so don’t complain about he changes, you had a chance to be adults and act responsibly and you blew it.

  28. Creative Mofoo on August 25, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Bullshit on the National Park part. If it was about the animals they wouldn’t let 1000 helicopters fly around the Grand Canyon. They can fly their tracking drones to chase down animals too. So nah, when you say you agree, you just sound naive.

  29. Glenn Roberts on August 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Actually the rules are very simple and common sense. They just say "Stop being an asshole".

  30. george baxter on August 25, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Flying over people is dangerous with drones. I would much rather have a drone hit me than a helicopter or a 747.

  31. Here now on August 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Rules are lines to follow in preparation for legislation

    Legislation equals income via fines infringements

    Period.

  32. Conservative View on August 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    If you have to ask, then you’re probably the reason we ‘have so many rules’. And it’s not just drone piloting we have to restrict – thanks selfish entitled guy.

  33. Dennis Rogers on August 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I know this may not apply to rules but do you recommend turning off downward vision when flying over water?

  34. R. Savola on August 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Another batch of good information. But its not possible to have complete airspace awareness around your drone. Unless you are in a desert or you have a drone traffic control tower in your yard, its just not possible where most pilots fly. A low flying aircraft at 80-120 knots will take out that drone at 150′ long before anything could be done about it and the late news would call it a drone collision. And the drone ID thing? No ones even talked about range, or the app that ones angry drone hater neighbor 4 houses away who is alerted to your liftoff and immediately calls the cops. There should be a clear difference between the Amazon or UPS delivery drones or the like and recreational flyers. Sure there is the common sense stuff like 400′ ceiling, no flying over people. But I strongly think the FAA is just blanketing everyone without a lot of thinking.

  35. Badg3r on August 25, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Great video. Thank you for helping me understand some of the restrictions. I was actually directed here from another video where the guy said he was called by the FAA about his videos on you tube and the money generated from you tube required him to have a part 107 license. your take? I’d like to get some opinions as if I post some video on you tube I would not want to be out of compliance. I have not registered my new drone as of yet and am considering a part 107 commercial just to be safe. not that I believe I will go all viral on my newbie drone skills or anything.

  36. muzikmon2267 on August 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    The visual line of sight is a joke!! It’s kind of like a stop sign. Nobody ever really stops at every stop sign and if everyone says that they really do they’re lying. It’s basically to control the situation they know most people do not do visual line of sight It’s just to keep people from getting out of control..

    They made this one up again because of the morons who flew recklessly and ruined it for the rest of us.

    Also too if you fly about a thousand feet away with your visual line of sight it makes no difference then if you’re flying 5,000 feet away and you can’t see your drone. If you can see your drone with a little bit of a dot it’s not going to make any difference if it flies out of control and hit someone looking at that little dot fall It’s not going to make any difference If you’re watching that dot fall from the sky because you can see it or if you can’t see it 5,000 ft away..

    It’s such a joke..

    If people would just more responsible and weren’t idiots visual line of sight would not be a problem.

  37. Scott Black on August 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Hey 👋 51. Long time watcher,1st time commenter( is that even a word, is this even a comment?) haha…. No,rather it is a question. And this is the question: as a recreational pilot( studying for that “easy” part 107 thing…am I required to have drone liability insurance in the US? Just wondering cuz Of all the countries I have visited,it is mandatory along with several heavy duty safety and knowledge tests and permits! Love your channel and have been watching your most informative vids. Love when you flew in the fog. Talk about learning from your mistakes. Keep calm and stay aloft!

  38. Thomas Kregel on August 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Question: Last weekend I saw soemone flying around 100 feet up in a hang glider (unpowered), just over tree tops on the bluff where I live. My house is on a 380 ft bluff over the Mississippi on the Minnesota / Wisconsin border. This is one of those that launch behind a waterski boat. (Water skiing was invented just below my bluff in 1932.) He went back and forth, catching thermos. overhead for about an hour. I was not flying my Air 2 at the time.
    But I have a question: what rules apply to these unpowered craft?

    Also a couple years ago I saw a man with his granddaughter in an untra-light plane as I stood on the edge of the bluff. He was the same altitude as me on my cliff and he was able to wave at me about 50 feet away. I expect that was illeagle.

    Lake City , MN

  39. ☯Zen☯ on August 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    damn i just bought one too might just return it. This is to big of a headache to deal with

  40. White Wolf on August 25, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    3:39
    Good grief. I used to fly kites at up to 1000 feet altitude (about 2500 feet of line) back in the day. Do I have to register my kite with the FAAA???

  41. Wollertz Photography on August 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you for all the information, It makes my life so much easier! Its very difficult to stay current with new rules and laws when trying to run my own channel, so having someone make it this easy is amazing!

  42. Kyle Forbes on August 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Yep I quit the hobby in July 2021 after being in for 9 years. 30+ planes, 12 drones, 3 boats. So many laws, locals not wanting to race.
    2016-2018 were the FPV Hobby HypeTrain years

  43. Alan Ball on August 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    So why bother getting a drone.. Sounds like a waste of money to buy a drone and not be able to enjoy it. To many rules and they are all vague. And it sounds like the government can fine you and use any law to give you a ticket. I pass…

  44. Tek Sight on August 25, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I see other drone YouTube videos where people are flying drones long range many miles with long range FPV technology. They are able see FPV much further range than what I guess is standard with retail drones. I don’t own a drone or know almost anything about them and don’t know what is a standard FPV range. But from your legal description these people are definitely violating the law.

  45. aaron h on August 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    this is BS. live your life fly your drone however you want

  46. Alain Leblond on August 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I understand the FAA laws and I follow them but I live in Rhode Island and I’m trying to figure out where I can fly without getting in trouble with state or local laws. It just seems everywhere I want to fly is off limits because of state or town laws.

  47. BS in The Shop on August 25, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    15:20 that was quit the stretch on the intent

  48. 51 Drones on August 25, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I should clarify something I state in the video about 400 AGL, because some people are losing their minds about my misstatement. 400AGL means 400 feet above the ground, not 400 feet above your launch point as I state in the video. So wherever you are, the limit is 400 feet above the ground at that point. I apologize for this egregious mistake. I should be whipped with a wet noodle. I will say this – if you are flying at 400 feet above your launch point, and you fly over a ditch that is 500 horizontal feet away, putting your drone at 450 feet AGL, guess what . . . do you really think that is a major issue? Just saying. Use common sense. If you launch from the edge of a canyon that is 1000 feet deep, you are technically breaking the law if you fly over the canyon until you drop down to -600 feet on your screen. But how do you know how deep that canyon is? You don’t. Again, it’s about common sense. Until drones have altimeters on them, just be sensible. So for those of you on Mavicpilots.com losing your mind over this tiny statement, I’m sorry.

  49. Victor Oro on August 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Because us responsible and safe pilots have to pay for all the dipshits and wierdos out there.

  50. Go some mo life on August 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I took and passes the test but I didn’t register because I only fly the Mini 2.

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