How to fly a Drone at NIGHT (FAA Rules) KEN HERON

How to fly a Drone at NIGHT (FAA Rules) KEN HERON

An official FAA answer as to the drone flying at night question.
Ken sent letters to both the Memphis and Nashville offices of The Federal Aviation Administration and received definitive answers from both. We hope this clears up any Ken-fusion!

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This flight complies with the rules set forth by the FAA
for UAV flights within The United States.

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  1. Russ O on August 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    So another question, Can I fly at night volunteering for a local Sheriff Office search and rescue as a hobbyist ??

  2. Andre Lewis on August 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I get confused because if there is no requirement for recreational flyers to fly at night then why does LAANC always deny the my authorizations that are at night but approve those same authorization during the day?

  3. 6PACK 110 on August 12, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    What about flying at night in controlled airspace since Airmap won’t let you fly past the end of twilight?

  4. Drew Morris on August 12, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I love your videos. Also, even after watching this looking to understand the answer – its still confusing AF…. Why cant the FAA formulate a simple answer in plain english….

  5. שבתאי עוז on August 12, 2021 at 10:04 pm


  6. Nancy Bennett on August 12, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I just searched "night time drone" and here is this guy in front of a big red barn. The color caught my eye and I’m so glad it did. Not only did I get my questions answered, I was so entertained by your video. I could have searched and read for hours to get this answer and probably would have gave up. With all the legal jargon they put in, who knows if I would of even understood it. Thank you for making me laugh and being an innovative teacher. Can’t wait to watch the next video.

  7. Phrosty420 on August 12, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Had to rewatch, 1st time I was so distracted by your ability to teleport

  8. Dennis Kucan on August 12, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Once again great video… Need more,,, please ,,, just a couple…

  9. Mac282 on August 12, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Lol…nice video. I thought you might have learned your lesson in 2017 with "automobile safety". Guess those Nurses were pretty hot to do a repeat visit.

  10. Fasteagle on August 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    @kenheron Hey Ken great video thanks man and I live in your town basically lol…question when the FAA says that you must know the orientation of the aircraft at all times, they are referring to altitude orientation only and not the heading? So as long as I have a visual line of sight of the strobe (a 3 mile visible strobe) I’m good? Thanks again and man I wanna fly with ya pls!!

  11. Mark Dyer on August 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for this. While the information was very helpful, your multiple day/night transitions were truly over the top. The work you put into this was amazing. Out of curiosity, while sitting on top of your vehicle as it was moving, what kept you from using your drone for the camera?

  12. Shadow 2025 on August 12, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    What about California?

  13. Chris St. on August 12, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I’m really glad that i came across your channel, your videos are just awsome. The idea to read it in differnet locations, man i’m not letting my kids to see this video, cause i know what will likely happen is:: Dad, can we make a video while i’m sitting on the car— hell NO. Here you get in more trouble for doing that than flying a drone over private property. I realy enjoy watching your videos!

  14. Jesus Medina on August 12, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Excellent video, Ken. Do these night-fly rules for hobbyists still work in 2021? I got my first drone two weeks ago and I am learning all these things so that I can be aware of the legal aspects of using a drone as a hobby. Also, incredible channel, I have been watching almost all of your videos, and your work is very appreciated. Thanks for doing this.

  15. Michael Widling on August 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I love how much fun you have with these videos!!

  16. The Video on August 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Ken , The is Tony or known Jersey 868. I just wanted to say that you have some very interesting , Educational, Fun and motivational videos. I have just started flying a drone and I’m considering in purchasing a Recreational FAA license. Now there are certain problems I’m having that making fly Recreational a little impossible right now. Since the CaronaVirus outbreak I had to downsize a couple things. One is that I had to sell my other and also sell a good amount of items that I had too much of anyway. Now if I decide to take the test, how long and how hard or difficult is it. I live in New Jersey and there are some nice place here to film. Also I flew my drone in my city park with no one around 2 times. I went into my flight log and it showed that I was in a no fly zone however the B4UFLY MAP shows it wasn’t restricted. Now the City have their own ordinance for flying in city parks and can I get a fine to flying in the park. I thank you if you could kindly help me out with this situation. Thank you, Jerseyboy 868…. 🙂

  17. Jacob Sipok on August 12, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    This video was everything I was looking for and so much more 😂

  18. David Hughes on August 12, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Dude, you’re a freak. A glorious freak.

  19. eltorocal on August 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    So… I’m recording footage, and "A Drone" that "may, or may not" look like "one that I have"… and "I claim" that an "imaginary friend" of mine is operating "said Drone"… and later, I upload the footage to my Monetized Channel… and I can profit from that?

  20. Techguy on August 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Basically, if you’re making money, government demands they make money too.

  21. MrDill on August 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    This guy is awesome

  22. Fly MA on August 12, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    So as far as the 107 test goes, which i have sceduled for the 25th. ( 8th right now) should I still answer no? All the practice tests are outdated and the answer is no night flying. Think the current test will try and trick me?

  23. Bobby Shafto on August 12, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Watched this video the morning of 12/28/2020.
    Later in the day, received a notice from the FAA on updating of UAS rules; found at link:

  24. AZAdventure on August 12, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Wholly hell! it just shouldn’t be like this.

  25. Kathy Weigel on August 12, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    You’re too damn funny….every government law is full of loopholes with the right attorney:)

  26. Donovan Werts on August 12, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Clear as mud lol. Thanks for the info, Ken!

  27. David Rye on August 12, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    You are crazy! This has to be your all time best video. I think it might be time to do an update on this subject.

  28. Javi_Da_Goat on August 12, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Okay, so now I see how versatile Ken can truly be. ALL WHILE PROVIDING DETAILED INFO ON A SUBJECT. 👏🏼 Well done I say, may your channel grow because of your unique content and how you present it.🙏

  29. John Kaddouri on August 12, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    LOL! Thanks for the insight!

  30. Dan Difusco on August 12, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    is that a turned on flashlight in your pocket or are you happy to see me? hahahahahahahahaha

  31. DougBassComedy on August 12, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    dude careful on your car like that, i know someone who did that, fell off and died

  32. Zac Gazdik on August 12, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I love in the uk soooo the FAA doesn’t apply, but this video had me dying laughing hahaha!! Love it

  33. no8do on August 12, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    there was so much random shit going on that i stopped caring about the what the video was about.

  34. Dennis Stephenson Drone and Aerial Photography on August 12, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Ive watched this before but it was so funny I had to watch it again

  35. Freedom flight on August 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Ken TANK you for this clarifications about flying at night.

  36. Thomas Smith on August 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    You smoke dope all day ??
    Ya dope.

  37. David Carmichael on August 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Ken, great video. I see you and some other sUAV YouTubers are using the FAA logo on the video thumbnails. Is it difficult to get the Feds permission to do so?

  38. Israel Valentin on August 12, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    This was a cool video to watch and very informative…

  39. David Lima Vlog on August 12, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Buenísimo 😎👍 love your sense of humor LOL 😂

  40. Isaiah Baker on August 12, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Now how does this work with LAANC?

  41. Hotwire on August 12, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    It’s so straight forward.

  42. Southern Railfanning on August 12, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    regardless, I dont fly at night. For example, those pesky powerlines that can hide even in daylight. lol

  43. Central Texas Rc on August 12, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Hope someone can help me. Payed by YouTube you cant show the drone if flying as a hobbyist does that include the video footage taken with said drone? If the footage was taken when flying as a "hobbyist" is later uploaded to youtube and your a payed youtuber doesnt that kinda step on the claim of flying as a hobbyist. What I’m asking was not done in this video but made the wheels start turning in my head. Hope this is understandable.

  44. ChevyGun Photography on August 12, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    That was an awesome video, thank you so much again for doing such a good job on explaining the guidelines and Reaching out to the FAA finding out these answers that we need. You the Man !!

  45. Pixel_Man on August 12, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Lol thought he wad at strip club

  46. Matt Strickland on August 12, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    What about a hobbyist being able to fly at night over uninvolved people, like it is in the UK?

  47. Kathy Weigel on August 12, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Proof positive that the government makes so many laws with so many loopholes that it actually negates the original law.

  48. K. Edwards on August 12, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Define business. I think the IRS calls a business without profit for multiple years in a row a hobby. So IRS seems to say until the cost of the toys on your channel and salaries paid is covered by the revenue it’s just a hobby.
    While the FAA rules the sky, the IRS rules money. Hmmmm

  49. Steven Louis on August 12, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Basically the FAA is a mob. If you make money in the air they want a percentage by making rules and regulations and forcibly pushing "certifications, licensing, etc". It is when the people ignore their rights is when they do not have such rights. If a business is making money, they pay local, state, and federal taxes. How can FAA charge another Tax on top without going through the process, by the ignorance of the people.

  50. Rhys Wangler on August 12, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    i get it

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