Drones CAN fly at AIRPORTS now…

Drones CAN fly at AIRPORTS now…

In this video, we’ll take a quick overview of where you can and cannot fly your drone under Part 107 of 14CFR. The biggest point here is that sUAS CAN operate legally among manned aircraft at airports lying within CLASS G airspace (which is the vast majority of airports and runways within the USA).

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  1. Mark Schmidt on August 29, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Great video! You talked about flying your drone at certain altitudes, do drones have some way to showing what altitude they’re at or are you just estimating? Keep up the good work, I love the information in your videos!

  2. bob fourjs on August 29, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I am NOT a drone pilot, but there is nothing wrong with drones if the pilot of the drone has common sense (which appears to be scarce these days) and keeps it and others out of harm. Here in the UK Gatwick London was shut down for over a day due to a drone being flown at the airport! Planes were diverted as far away as Glasgow Scotland because of it. The army were sent with guns to shoot it down, but were reluctant to do so due to safety of the public. Here is a twisted link to it, but it is his opinion at not others. https://youtu.be/ZIqGmhowfVI It says on the video it was closed for three days! No drone was found, but two people were arrested and later released without charge. This is after their names were all over the news!
    You can search for more news links if you want to, the press if full or it. There are also drone footage on YouTube of the Aberdeen AWPR, this means someone flew a drone directly across the flight path of lading aircraft, a thing I wouldn’t do without clearance from the airport, maybe they had told the airport (Dyce – Aberdeen), but the very least I would have if near any airport is a scanner to listen to aircraft around the airport and I would let the airport know. If they know it is half the problem gone already.
    Stay safe out there and safe flying, both aircraft and drones.

  3. Tomas Icenogle on August 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    You should do an update with the new rules

  4. Tim Arbour on August 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Great video! As an aviation enthusiast, this is great. I started off flying small drones, then RC Aircraft, then big drones, then FPV on RC aircraft (with a spotter of course). Now I’m looking to get my private pilot license. Thanks for all the info. Heres a good point for the crazy comments below – the responsible people will follow the rules. The irresponsible people will not – including flying near an airport even if it was banned. The point is, don’t punish those who do the right thing because others don’t. Downloading AirMap now!! Thanks again

  5. Randy Anderson on August 29, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    NO THEY CANNOT. FAA wants to make room for commercial drones, discouraging hobbiests from buying drones. And putting current owners on reservations. HERE’S THE PROOF RIGHT HERE…

  6. BobMaine on August 29, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Why does the FAA limit drones to, say 200 feet, when there is a 350 foot building just behind the drone? Like in downtown Sarasota. They thinking a GA pilot will be flying between the buildings or something???

  7. Aaron Hammitt on August 29, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Good info, but IMO you skipped a few important things:
    1) to operate under part 107 you need a remote pilot certificate from the FAA. A hobbyist stumbling across this video may not realize that.
    2) there are still state and local laws to comply with. In NC, for example, you must have the property owner’s permission to launch and recover your drone, with some exceptions.
    3) Even if you CAN legally fly at an airport, consider whether it’s a good idea. My airport manager is very resistant to drone operations because of two incidents where drone operators lost control and their drones came across an active runway. Thumbing my nose at him and telling him he can’t stop me from flying there is not going to do anything positive for the relationship between drone operators and manned aircraft pilots at the airport. Sometimes it’s best to set aside your rights for the long-term good.

  8. Ahmet Cem KAYA on August 29, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    It’s a witchcraft!

  9. Victory IsMine on August 29, 2021 at 10:42 pm


  10. SEAsUAS on August 29, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    The word "ja rone"…arrrrgh. Lol

  11. Ivor Goodwin on August 29, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    The so called “Rules” are fundamentally flawed! All drone pilots should have to undergo training and be licensed and insured.

  12. Jessie Hicks on August 29, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Great info Jon! I learned about drones at the AOPA Stem Symposium, and recently acquired an inexpensive version that only has a maximum altitude of 160 ft. It streams and records live video. It is a great intro aircraft. Although I am not required under part 107 to register it I did register it under the small uas registration for recreational use. Very simple and easy to get. I am studying through the faa website to get my drone pilot certificate. Maybe you could add that to your aviation courses.

  13. Lil'Yeshua on August 29, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I think that they should take a mandatory course along with certification. Kind of like firearm concealed carry certification.

  14. Tgit Galloway on August 29, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    So many times we don’t balance fear of the unknown and uninformed with a healthy respect for flying hazards. Aviation has not evolved as technology has. Thank you #FLY8MA YOU HAVE TIPPED MY PREFERENCE OF ONLINE FLIGHT TRAINING IN YOUR FAVOR. You and all like you are our future! Keep evolving and keep our younger generations involved and engaged so GA will not die.

  15. James Plumb on August 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Great video and thank you for taking the time to put this together. I just bought a drone and live close to an airport and wanted to understand the laws/rules. I’m curious though, I think the airport surrounding is Class G since it’s a small airport, but how do you know?

  16. SkyBug Productions on August 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    They always have, with the right permissions.

  17. pera peric on August 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Haven’t watch more reasonable and sensible video about flying and drones in long time – keep going!

  18. Jacen Burchell on August 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    You made it pretty crystal clear but to be a little more compulsive, class E airspace starts 400ft above an obstacle? Which would require no ATC authorization to fly a drone in?

  19. Andrew Fernandez on August 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Awesome video and very informative! This provided a lot of clarification. Thanks!

  20. The Big Bill Theory on August 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for clearing the air. Good info especially the app. I’m looking to get my 107 cert. but it is funny how so many people have their panties in a wad of an object that like anything else…if not abused or stays within limits then shouldn’t be a problem. Cool video. I’m also learning to be a PPG pilot and these videos are helping that process as well. I thought I should post a positive message since there are already excuses happening leading to the zombie apocalypse. PS rc planes have been around with unlicensed pilots for at least the last 20 years… since I was part of C.A.P. In high school. Just sayin. Anyway. Thanks again for the tips and info.

  21. Brandon Knudsvig SHARE Media on August 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    This could be a great children’s book!! 😂

  22. Travis Weaver on August 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for the info dude I’m working on getting my part 107

  23. Golf bravo Whiskey on August 29, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Bingo. I’m like you i fly both !!

  24. Whoa Nelly on August 29, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    AC107-2 5.8.1 "The remote PIC must avoid operating anywhere that the presence of the sUAS may interfere with operations at the airport, such as approach corridors, taxiways, runways, or helipads." The key word here is "MAY"…

  25. Sugar Skull Gaming on August 29, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for making this video!!

  26. Andres Delgado on August 29, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I feel it is worth to clarify a little bit the automatic authorization to fly in controlled airspace. AirMap is one of the many commercial approved applications used to receive authorization from the FAA to operate under part 107. LAANC or Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability is a program that has been in Beta mode since 2018, a collaboration between FAA and industry to support UAS integration into the NAS. With that being said, the program has NOT been fully implemented across the whole country, so it could not be as simple as Jon illustrated in the example for the class C in Sarasota. So check first within the App you use if the controlled airspace you plan to fly has LAANC automatic capability or not, if not you HAVE TO apply manually and wait the 90 days of approval to operate LEGALLY in controlled airspace. Thanks for sharing and happy flights and landings in 2019✌🏻

  27. 5150lane on August 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Good job debunking a lot of the misinformation surrounding drone operations – thanks.

  28. Glider 123 on August 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    So many of these drones are crashed by the first timers that they either give it up, because it’s so expensive, or take time to really learn how to fly them.. It will take a natural course of attrition to where most operators who stick with it will be good enough to keep them out of harms way. How many GA pilots fly 2 — 3 times a year and really aren’t that proficient, and are dangerous out there?

  29. waytooslow on August 29, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Finally some sanity

  30. Daniel Six on August 29, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Excellent, I am also a fixed-wing pilot and I agree 100%

  31. Scott Lloyd on August 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    If I was in Florida I would talk to you about flight school. I can say studying for my 107 has ignited an interest in private pilot license. Thanks.

  32. Jade Scales on August 29, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    You are so adorable!!!!

  33. 메로니 on August 29, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    The problem with drones is they are way too small. If I see one in the air, it is too close to me. A small object operated by a non licensed civilian near passenger planes is never a good idea.

  34. Mike B on August 29, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Drones are a LOT harder to see from a fast moving plane than a balloon, helicopter, parachute. I have a drone and I fly a small plane. Very afraid of drones. Newark Airport was closed last week for an hour or so due to a drone sighted at about 3600 feet. Jet pilot stated drone was about 20 feet away from the wing. Also, think Gatwick Airport.

  35. Bryce Hodge on August 29, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    And then snowboarders started taking to the slopes and skiers hated them. And eventually they all learned to get along.

  36. Colton H on August 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you so much, this video helps so much understand what is allowed and how to properly follow the rules. That app is so incredible!

  37. Don Karsin on August 29, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Funny (or convenient) that we seem to forget that manned aircraft can kill people too. Anyone remember that a certified pilot took a jet and flew it into a mountain killing everyone on board. How many died? All of them. How many died by a drone? Anyone have those stats? How about how many lives have been saved because of a drone. Yep, way more than were killed by a drone. Amazon isn’t far from delivering you prime products via a drone. Will you boycott Amazon? Most likely you will not. Very informative video.

  38. Victory IsMine on August 29, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Love the ap!

  39. Slant Xray Remote Pilot Course on August 29, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Hello. How do you go about contact the airport manager? What do you say to them?

  40. Jerry Smith on August 29, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    We already have birds, so why not add drones? Can’t argue with that logic.

  41. Simon w on August 29, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Quads!!!!!!!! But if you are a contortionist you can blow your self,! ah your not a real pilot, and it is NOTAM did you get your licence from a lucky bag ? A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight you sound like you are taking shehite

  42. Valletta on August 29, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Balloons and gliders are way different from drones. Imagine trying to see and avoid a tiny drone.

  43. Norman Zeb on August 29, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you!

  44. Rishi Gunness on August 29, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Oh man this was the most fact only video I think I have ever seen about any topic really. Thank you for debunking a lot of myths and for putting the drone population in a better light. I do have a question though do you need to be part 107 certified to fly within the 5 mile zone or will it work for all drone operators

  45. Matthew Neale on August 29, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you, at both a ppl student and drone racer you actually come up with reasonable, valid points.

    Do I have your permission to share this video on my Facebook, along with a number of drone groups to allay any fears and highlight the wonder of drones please.

  46. idsawtooth on August 29, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Heads up, your Class G examples are really Class E. I just recently learned that there is almost no Class G left within the Continental US…

  47. MrAlwaysBlue on August 29, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I assume you heard about the problem we had in UK at Gatwick Airport? Absolutely ridiculous. Can’t fly, can’t shoot them down. "Health and safety". Hope the Russian air force doesn’t come over!

  48. Orlando Diaz on August 29, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Do these rules apply to a hobbyist?

  49. Ben Haueter on August 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Problem with your little story, drone pilots aren’t risking their lives flying their little toys. No life threatening consequences for them. They are saying “oops” while we are declaring a very real emergency. Idk.

  50. Christopher Boland on August 29, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Too complicated rules for personal drone operators. You don’t interduce helo pads, which are a whole other ball of this discussion. When I google this discussion it remains to be too complicated for our regular people needs to understand. Random helo trips don’t align with the rules as you never know based on the 5-mile rule. Silly… It needs to be updated.

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