New Drone Regulations! Night Flying and Flying Over People – A Summary.

New rules proposed by the Secretary of Transportation would allow night flights and flying over people! Is this a step in the right direction, or another grab at our skies by big money?

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There will be a period of 60 days for public input. It will be on the Federal Register soon:

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  1. WesTex Homesteading & Outdoors on October 4, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Do a lot of these laws pertain to flying drones in rural areas or out in the middle of no where like a desert where I live!? It would be ridiculous to have laws pertaining to areas where humans aren’t around.

  2. Green Mile on October 4, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for your video. Very, very informative!

  3. Robert S on October 4, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Excellent info. As for the no exposed rotating parts… How could a Mavic pro, or any other be grandfathered in? All would have to be, virtually rendering this requirement useless. This one requirement shuts everyone down, period. It just feels to me that the powers that be are effectively pushing (or throwing actually) hobbyists out. It appears to me that in the near future, in order to fly a drone you will be required to pay $$$, be placed on a list, and even then as a hobbyist your limited to the "children’s corner" under say, 100′ in altitude. If you can throw your rotorless Nurf Drone that high.

  4. Jay P on October 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome video brother. I was wondering if you could clear something up for me. I use Airmap, and in my location Its strange because on some apps its showing within 5 miles of an airport.The Airmap does the same. One minute its showing green on the advisories, next boot up its showing yellow and a call to the ATC is required. So confusing. So in the Airmap App it has an option to plan a flight and report it to the FAA, they are supposed to give you the OK through the app. What do I need to look for for approval or denial on the screen? Sorry such a long post but was just needing clarification. I am new to the whole flying quadcopter experience. any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Brother!

  5. Christine LaBeach on October 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    So recreational pilots will be able to fly over people and at night too?

  6. Imanol Acha on October 4, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Great video, as always. You always get a 👍🏻 from me

  7. Adrean Chalas on October 4, 2020 at 12:28 pm


    If I get some footage of a friends business so that he could use it as a advertisement but he doesn’t pay me and i don’t have a commercial

    can i get in trouble?

    also how can i get caught?

  8. 1pcmedic on October 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    New Drone Regulations! , or how to kill a hobby……too much BS. If someone does what they are not supposed to do punish them. Not everyone else….

  9. i Macey on October 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    We need to curb the death rate these evil drones are causing how many more people are going to die ?

  10. Michel Garneau on October 4, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    the comment about a police officer and you landing your drone safely before he engages you, is what I thumbs up on.

  11. edward cahill on October 4, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Hi long tine fan. Love your stuff. Q awhile ago I watched a video you Did re flying over houses. You mentioned at end it’s legal. Couldn’t find it & let me know what’s it’s called. Searched no success. Than you.

  12. meehhhe Of You on October 4, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    not illegal to fly over people or at night, just against the rules and only enforceable for part 107 pilots in terms of them doing anything about it.

    but remember rules =/= laws not the same thing, period

  13. Armadillarodeo on October 4, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    11 ft lbs of torque is far from a punch to the shoulder. A good reference is recoil from firearm rounds. A 30.06 has 38 lbs.

  14. Nathaniel Harter on October 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the info!

  15. Clayton Roberts on October 4, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    F them

  16. RCAviation on October 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Well… F the FAA! Why don’t they force ALL manufacturers to have collision lights and navigation lights on ALL Drones…. I am glad I’m not living in the U.S.A. We don’t have these rules or regulations. PRIVACY ….better get lose the smart devices, what do you think they are doing, guess what we don’t here anything about chips anymore, it’s your smart device…people better wake up!

  17. JetsetJoey on October 4, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    2019 USC Title 49, Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart iii, Chapter 448, § 448409(a)(6) states:
    "In Class G airspace [UNRESTRICTED], the aircraft is flown from the surface no more than 400′ above ground level [AGL] & complies with all airspace restrictions & prohibitions."
    Manufacturers will likely begin enforcing the 400′ ceiling within the drone software apps, as DJI already does with the NFZs. What crock of BS from the Airspace Nazis…

  18. WR ZL1 on October 4, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Your discounting the injury that would be caused by a prop

  19. boss hog on October 4, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Has anything changed in a year?

  20. Kel R on October 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Have you been looking at the Hover 2 it has protected propeller guards just like the original.

  21. David Ellis on October 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    I bought a pulser for my drone for £15 from amazon, It just stick’s on with velcro, it weighs about the same as a 1p coin, usb charging and its brilliant, I think drones are easier to see at night, I think the goverments being to fussy over in America.

  22. Maverick Channel on October 4, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Nice video, check out my drone vids and please sub my channel. Thanks

  23. Jy Byrd on October 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Hobbyists can fly at night. You just can’t fly for money, part 107, at night, without a waiver.

  24. Jamie Faiz Fahmy on October 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Don’t know if you might have info on this. Groups of men flying drones at night, in national parks, recreation areas. Little behind on drones. Recovering from illness that almost took me down. Traveling for a couple months. What I thought would be relaxing. Has become a nightmare to me. Literally I thought I might get scared of animals. Hell no. It’s the drones that fly in my camp sites at night. Look I love nature and a good time. But seriously advise. I am a business owner, member of coalition for juvenile Justice. I just want to relax, hike, heal. Any kind words would be helpful. I have filmed. Seemed to excite them. Last night saw them literally drive from one location to near my camp and within 5 minutes drones. Help. Please.

  25. Imad Bitar on October 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for all your valuable info that you always post.
    One question:
    I’m a recreational pilot with 249g drone,Am I allowed to fly over buildings and people with this drone . , thank you

  26. Heckmaniac's Drone on October 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    So as a hobbiest it’s illegal to fly at night even when using anti-collision lighting in class G airspace? Not as part 107 pilot, but as a hobbiest? Did something change as I was told at one time it was legal?

  27. VING MAN on October 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    i am glad to know this , though i live out of USA but i hope it might help out Civil Aviation Authorities to formulate some rules for our country.

  28. Montana Prepper on October 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    If a drone crashes on my property, it’s mine, just as if the postal service delivers a package to me meant for a different address. If you want to fly over private property for profit, you should have to adopt the risk of losing that drone for good. It’s also the same as if I shoot a deer on public property and it crosses onto private property and dies. You need permission to get your deer. If you don’t get permission the deer belongs to the property owner. When people look the the government for permission then other folks will rebel. And one way to rebel is with natural rights of landowners. We reserve the right to shoot down any drone violating our privacy. Accept the risks.

  29. Lee Besing on October 4, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks Russ. I’m not (yet) a part 107 pilot, but that’s in my future, eventually. I just flew out in Big Bend Ranch STATE Park last weekend. Getting permission was as simple as asking for it and being able to produce my FAA Registration certificate upon request. The park ranger cautioned me against flying near designated campsites or doing low level flying near hikers / backpackers who were not involved in the Ultra race. I recently posted a few videos on YouTube from the event, two high up, one down low (the runners liked waving at the drone, doing victory dances in some cases) and a fourth from my dash cam showing the road quality (or lack thereof) as I departed the checkpoint and heading back out of the park.

    I found that just being courteous to the park ranger and the curious participants, did wonders for gaining cooperation. I had some of the volunteers look on my 10 inch tablet as my Mavic Pro was flying. They were amazed how nice the view was, but also that you could not see the deep detail of the individuals unless I dropped down below 50ft and got noticeably closer to them. It was a learning experience for me, especially with getting low temperature warnings about the batteries until it warmed up above 50 degrees (F).

  30. James M on October 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    So if I’m within 5 miles of a heli-port as a hobbyist and I’m in class G airspace do I still need to notify the heli-port now? I will never have a 107 because I can fly at night anytime I want to as a hobbyist.

  31. Seth Adam on October 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Why would they allow night flight & flying over people, COMERSE! selling you crap you think you need, its as dumb as smart phones in cars.

  32. Carrera4K on October 4, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Do ppl still fly drones in 2019??

  33. Charles Henderson on October 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Great video!! Thanks again.

  34. Aerial Influence on October 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Great info and channel!

  35. Elon Musk on October 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    You guys are lucky, in Tanzania you need a written permission from the Minister of Defense just to own a drone. It’s fu**d up.

  36. Brad Franklin on October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Government ruins everything.

  37. 992 TURBO S on October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Drones have an amazing use but
    Unfortunately there are more immature individuals interested in
    Abusing them for there amusement ( Not in a good way )
    Thus making harsh rules a very very good idea. Or eliminate them from public use no exceptions.
    The idiots are to blame.

  38. Greg Eiler on October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Hey Russ, I crashed my Mavic Pro and the camera gimbal is messed up. I have been trying to find a video explaining the proper position of the gimbal but I haven’t found one. I think the "bottom plate" is on the wrong side of the "tabs". If you could show the proper position that would be great.

  39. darthbill68 on October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    so what is the current rule on night flights short of the 3sm strobe, I just passed my recurrent test for part 107 and saw somewhere that because of the rule changes that once you passed the recurrent test that you would be allowed to fly at night and over people…just cant find that same info again…so what do we know?

  40. Willie Sims on October 4, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Okay, so here is an easy way to figure out how many foot pounds a object can hit with . It all surrounds kenitic energy
    Select energy on the calculation, then enter the mass how much the drone weighs you will need to tell the calc that you want pounds by selecting it off the button beside the entry form then the velocity same thing select mph then hit calculate
    A 2 pound object traveling at 10mph will have 6.68 foot pound of force.
    So simplified, the only allowable manner a drone can do this is that it have some form of fall recovery system that will slow it’s rate of fall down to a safe level in foot pounds, be that a parachute, or a emergency helium balloon (like a life raft deployment system)

  41. Appalachian Aerial Photography and Video , on October 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Can you please email me at I have a question about flying at night as a hobbyist

  42. Robert Glazier on October 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Helicopters fly over my house at least three times a day less thn 500ft from the ground. Should I be worried about that?

  43. SKIDOOSH on October 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    …so the police and Gov can watch us from the sky…

  44. Graph Guy on October 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    fly over my house and at night and I will shoot your drone out of the sky.

  45. Bobster986 on October 4, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Who gives a s#!+ what new rules the FAA releases if they never enforce part 107 and allow illegal pilots to crap all over this industry?

  46. Stephen Feldman on October 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Russ: Thanks for your videos. I am a drone hobbyist and do no have a commercial license. When I first got my Mavic Pro, the FAA had stopped requiring registering your drone. Am I required to get a FAA # and follow the new drone labelling requirements? If so, where do I apply for a FAA number? Appreciate a response.

  47. Sauga Verse on October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    I live in Canada where it is effectively illegal to fly drones.
    A local TV News channel recently did a report saying that Drone Laws are soon going to get stricter.
    I thought to myself, "Stricter? How the hell could they possibly get stricter?"
    By the way, the current fine if you get caught flying a drone is $2500.

    So I looked up the proposed new drone laws and they appear to be LESS strict than currently in place.
    To make a long story short, the government’s #1 concern is people flying drones near airports.
    Therefore, the fine is going up to $25,000.

    It appears that if you’re flying your drone in a park, the government doesn’t care.
    So they are getting much stricter about flying near airports, and the rest they are letting slide.

    The other point to all this is > reality.
    I have seen plenty of people flying their drones illegally, and I’ve never seen the police show up to fine them.
    So even though the government make drone laws, if they are not enforced, then what’s the point?
    I guess it all comes down to a handful of idiots who thought it was a good idea to capture aerial video of jets taking off on a runway.
    And because of a few selfish morons, everyone gets punished.

  48. Angel Torres on October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Currently Being harrassed by a drone june 19 2020 1044 p.m

  49. blastman8888 on October 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    They want to make it so you need all kinds of training and a drone which cost $20k to do any of this small business photography, or hobbyist are never going to be able to do any of this. This is only the start of it but in the end a hobbyist will be forced into small pockets where model airplanes fly at club fields, or way out away from people. You will have to drive an hour out of town to fly it.

  50. BIG DRONE FLYER77 R/C on October 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the info my friend. Cheers and happy flying.

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