Drone Rules and Regulations | A Comprehensive Review – Hobbyists

Drone Rules and Regulations | A Comprehensive Review – Hobbyists

What are the rules for hobbyist drone pilots? Can you fly over 400 feet? Can you fly at night without lights? Can you hand catch your drone? What is legal and not legal for someone who flies a drone for recreational purposes? This video goes over some of the most important rules, and everything in this video is confirmed by legal counsel.

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  1. Renegade Show on July 29, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Good info, I am subscribed!

  2. Bryan Findley on July 29, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I was not sure in what you said, is there a test for the 101? If so, where do I go to study and take the test? I tried to google it and everything just shows up for the 107.

  3. Jose Aragon on July 29, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Very informative!

  4. MrJc11419 on July 29, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Although I agree with what you say in your video, you make it sound like the AMA safety code is a regulation. It is not. Its just a safety guideline people should follow. With regards to Hand catching a drone, it is not illegal to do so. The real law to read is section 336 of public law 112-95.

  5. hispeed69 on July 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Looking for your video on Part 107 rule breakdown… is it hiding from me?

  6. RICK HALBUR on July 29, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Great video your doing a great job on your videos thanks and I love that railway bridge shot you did, Happy Holidays

  7. Moose on July 29, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    My only question is about posting YouTube vids with a drone. As long as I don’t make money from it, am I okay to use drone footage in my videos?

  8. Stanimal Video Marketing on July 29, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    107 says you can fly above 400ft if you’re within a 400ft radius of a structure. Do you know how the FAA defines a structure? Does that radius include cliffs or hilltops? I want to shoot a 32 foot tower, off the edge of a 500ft cliff.

  9. IceColdTexan on July 29, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I live outside the 5 mile range of our main airport. However, I live within 5 miles of several “helipads” one is a piece of grass next to a hickory hollow restaurant that is never used. Am I required to notify them ? Is an airport and helipad the same thing ?

  10. Cryptid Hunter on July 29, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    So if I fly my drone and add clips to my YouTube video from it I can get a fine for it? 😑

  11. Wichita Falls Fishkeeper on July 29, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Great video..great content. New subscriber

  12. Daniel Dacoco on July 29, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for this video. I am a foreigner and i want to know how much time I need for registering my drone (hobby). Can I register and start flying immediately or is there a processing time or something like that?

  13. VW Family Farm on July 29, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    You are making money using a drone when you use it for clips of a YouTube video? Does that qualify as a hobby?

  14. FalconEye Aerial on July 29, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Such an insightful video. The sad part is there is no such video made here in India with the rules & regulations.
    I too am a mavic pro pilot, I fly pretty much within limits until the rules are out.

  15. cellblock776 on July 29, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Great video. I have my Part 107 and fly a Phantom 4 Pro Plus at work and I also fly under 101 hobby rules a registered Phantom 3 Standard on my off time. I love how you put everything so clearly and explained some of the differences in the rules.

  16. Hmoob Story on July 29, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Great free app to help you study for the FAA part 107 exam.


  17. Mike D on July 29, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    "Can not hand catch a drone"  Hey! As a freedom-loving American, I reserve the right to chop off my fingers if I want, dog-gone-it!!  (Actually, when landing my Mavic on my small boat, after shooting boating videos, hand catching is the BEST way I’ve found, without tearing up my boat!!)

  18. Brian Cayko on July 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Hi, thanks for your videos. Can you tell me what you’re using to record your phone screen?

  19. Travelocation Films on July 29, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Great info ! Thanks. Got my PT 107 in Nov 2017. Not an easy test but study and got through it.

  20. B Ginn on July 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you for that. I do have a question. I am just learning and having a ball and must say that the number of instructional videos regardless of the subject matter is overwhelming. But, as many have said it takes time. You find the sites you trust and provide value and of course the ones that are involved with the community. This is one of my favorites and the number of my favorites is declining which is a good feeling…… So anyway I have a question. I live in Northwest Houston and as many of you know, living this close to a big city is a challenge in many respects including finding a nice place to practice flying and photography. For instance the FAA says there are rules if you are within 5 miles of an airport. I won’t quote the rules as my question is simple. It turns out that the b4ufly app show 5 "airports" close to me. I have lived here for 6 years and the only airport I was aware of is Hooks which is farther than 5 miles so I started looking deeper. Each one of these "ariports" are helicopter landing pads. 4 of which are medical related and the other one is privately owned. I assume that FAA considers these heliports, airports. Here is the fun part. Some don’t have phone numbers and others which I did call had no idea who to put me in contact with so I could tell them I will be flying, which by the way would be below tree top (120 feet), because I am learning. So, I was going to call FAA this morning to see what I could find out and then saw this video you did and decided to post here first. I also have lived in this area for 6 years and really have only seen 20 or so heli’s flying close, and most are above 1000 feet it appeared. I am also right below Runway 8 right to George Bush international and my house is 9 miles from the landing threshold. So these aircraft are about 2500 feet. The altitude can vary a little bit depending on how they are vectored by FAA. It was just a little disappointing to see these heliports being classified as airports, but technically they are. Again, living in the big city comes with it’s own set of problems. Funny story here as the guy who lives behind me is a pilot for united and flys 737’s. He was disappointed in himself for buying his house at this location as he did not find out till later that it’s a final approach vector to Bush. The jet noise can be very annoying. He said he really should have checked the charts first LOL Anyway I know this was a little long but I am retired and home all day, just me and my 2 dog buddies. Wife is still working, but not for long…. Thanks for the video


  21. Luis Alberto cortes on July 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Arest why stuped regulation relax Fly Drone no problem 👺😡👽👽👽👽👽👽👽no Eliens regulation 🥞👽

  22. Raymond Taluy on July 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Excellent and informative, this help to understand drone regulation

  23. Jeremiah Mcintosh on July 29, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Great video and tips! I was hoping to hear more about notifying the airports and waivers. I’ve been reading into these things as well. 👍

  24. floorpizza on July 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Great information, very well done. Thanks!

  25. George on July 29, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for this video. It is, by far, the most comprehensive source I have seen to date. I own a (for fun) drone for more than three months and I still have not gotten it into the air. I want to avoid undue harassment especially by the local authorities. As soon as I heard that I had to register my toy I did so and I am still gathering Safety and other pertinent information I can have on hand in case of an encounter. One bit of info I have yet to find is how close is too close to people and property as far as safety rules are concerned. I need concrete numbers as I would rather not have different people telling me that I am in violation while citing difference distances. I intend to be very generous with safety distances to avoid problems. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  26. SCOTT COLLINS on July 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Do you have to register if it is under 0.55 lbs. and if not do you have to notify airport within 5 miles if your under 0.55 lbs and do not have to register.

  27. 51 Drones on July 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Many have been asking if you need to register each drone you own, or just a single registration. Here is the response I got from the FAA:

    Good Morning,
    If you are a Part 336 hobby user only, you would use the same registration number for all your sUAS devices.
    If you are a Part 107 commercial user, you will need to register each device individually.

    Thank you
    FAA Service Desk

  28. C Rodge on July 29, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you for the video. Question: Is this AMA safety code PDF link still up to date, or have the laws changed again…?

  29. Sal P. on July 29, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks again for doing a lot of research and making it short and addressing some important issue. Merry Xmas!!!

  30. Stephen Merritt on July 29, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Taxation is extortion

  31. mosephina on July 29, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    FYI…If you make money off youtube via drone videos, you are a commercial pilot

  32. for Aslan on July 29, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Rules start at 3:40.

  33. leo villa on July 29, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Very nice video, there’s 2 things when you use B4UFly there’s no space to fly and when you use AirMap there’s a lot of places where you can fly as a hobbies is it legal use AirMap and to fly in all this places you have to become a ama member?

  34. wfurlanphotographer on July 29, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Hi…great video. I’m from Brazil and traveled to California last year. I took some pictures with my Mavic (registered at FAA)…pictures from beaches and mountains….no people. Under this regulamention, can I sell these pictures at an image bank like istock?

  35. Ken Sweet on July 29, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    As a new Mavic Pro flyer, I have just found your channel and believe me when I say that you are the "Mavic Pro Guru" ! I have learned so how to find my way around the Mavic Pro and more especially, the Dji Go 4 app, which, without your coverage, I would still be groping around in the dark. The basic flying was not so much the challenge, but finding my way around how to understand and dial in the various flying modes and set the camera, for what I would call the "best get you started" settings, your help has been invaluable.
    Like youself I have spend many hours researching the web for snippets of information that are otherwise "hidden" from view. Then I found your channel and everything is coming together.
    I would like to thank you for helping me to shortcut the learning process unbelievably. Many thanks – Ken Sweet. (Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, UK).

  36. DJI Drones and Stuff on July 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Have you found out as to whether or not cities have the authority to ban drones?

  37. L_G_Brandon on July 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    That the problem I’m in the five mile radius of a busy international airport I been trying to reach atc always goes to voicemail I leave them messages but they never call back they are very busy sure son I can’t fly my drone here

  38. N8TVTXN on July 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you!

  39. sr71afan on July 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    The first item on the FAA’s "Know Before You Fly" page states to fly BELOW 400 feet!

  40. Dj BuGo on July 29, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    So i have a quick question…i registered my drone as a Hobbyist flying for fun, but my profile says par 107… which is confusing to me, i use AIRMAP app to get Authorisation from faa since I live close to the airport, iv been using section as part 107 is that wrong??? I get text msg says start fly for work or business which is not my case….. do you have any advise for me please let me know….. or do i have to call the tower to be cleared ???? THANK YOU

  41. Chuck Dugas on July 29, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Another great video! I thought it was 5 miles from a airport not 3 miles? Help my brain cells are dieing off at a rapid rate.lol

  42. RC Hobbyist Extreme on July 29, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Its still illegal in my eyes. Its not a law first of all. Congress makes laws. Its a regulation. Get that right. The AMA already covers the regulations. As it stood,if you were a member of the AMA you were covered. I still refuse to register. I am not flying anywhere except farm land. I also fly within sight of my plane.,no farther. Those damn drones ruined the hobby for the plane hobbists,period. The fact any idiot can fly a drone is the biggest problem. As far as I am concerned,it is still a money grab as far as I am concerned. I have already discussed the situation with my local police. They told me they are NOT the FAA and are not planning on policing the hobby. HOWEVER ,should you fly your drone on land that isnt yours,thats Tresspassing. If you hit someone, thats an injury and expect a lawsuit anyways. The AMA covers most incidents at regulated fields,not sure about your local park. The FAA cannot make laws,never could. Simply put, they are only reimplimenting something a judge told them they couldnt do. My guess is it will take another Casey Nissad,with lots of money to again challenge the so called law( regulation).

  43. Kevin’s Lost Treasure on July 29, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    It’s illegal to hand catch your drone when landing? If so can you post a link to the law?

  44. Enos Lombard on July 29, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I agree about all the good comments wrt your channel. I’m from Canada and I am curious about your regulations. Do out of country drone pilot hobbyists have to abide by the 101 rules; ie. register the drone?

  45. Samuel Melendez on July 29, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Great video. My phantom 4 comes in tomorrow and I’m watching videos till my eyes bleed in how to stay in compliance. Def sub.

  46. Springhouse Memories on July 29, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Curious, am I able to fly and upload the video to YouTube and NOT monetize the video?

  47. Scott Calkins on July 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Wow…another good, informative video. Yes, I’m also starting to learn that there are a LOT of places we can’t fly. I had no idea it was so limited. And there are a lot of people out there that are very sensitive to drones flying nearby.
    Thanks again.

  48. Hamza Mujagic on July 29, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Man this guy just goes on and on repeating the same shit over and over

  49. chintot on July 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    At 8:26 … model attitude? what is that? or is it altitude?

  50. Dave Jo on July 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Totally Ridiculous. Only applicable to the United States. Glad I am not in the United States.
    Cali Civil Code 9307(h) the United States is located in Washington District of Columbia.

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