New FAA Drone Hobbyist Laws Explained – 2019

New FAA Drone Hobbyist Laws Explained – 2019

Hey Dronrs!

I was recently asked about the hobbyist laws and how they effect you if you’re flying the new DJI Mavic Mini. Do any laws effect you if your drone is under 250g? What about if it weighs more? What’s changed since the laws have originally come out?

If you’re new to the drone game, or an OG looking to catch up on what going on…this is the video for you. Everything you need AND a bag of chips. We out here.

Reference Links:
FAA Drone Zone (Registration) https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/
FAA Rules for Hobbyists: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_…
Additional Info on changes for Recreational drone Pilots: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?new…
Air Traffic facilities participating in LAANC: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_part…
Airmap’s LAANC Portal: https://www.airmap.com/airspace-autho…
Sectional Charts (SkyVector): https://skyvector.com/
FAA explains LAANC: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_part…
FAA list of approved fixed flying sites: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_…
REMOTEPILOT101 Training for Part 107: https://remotepilot101.com/
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50 Comments

  1. D Hansel on February 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    It will be just the FCC rules about CB radios of the early 60’s. Remember those? No antenna over 18′ above the highest part of the house, No more than 4.2 watts input power. You have to ID every XX minutes.
    This went out the windows when hundreds of thousand people bought the CB radios and ignored all the rules.
    The FCC couldn’t regulate that any more than they could heard cats.
    Responsible people will fly their drones as they like. We have too many out of work lawyers looking for work.
    With the Corona Virus taking over the country we will be lucky to have 10% of the people still living in 3 years.
    If North Korea gets the virus and it seems to wipe out everyone Kim Jon Un will say what the heck, we are all going to die so let’s launch a dozen ICBM’s to the US. By then no one is going to worry about drones rules or for that fact no rules about anything else.

  2. Just Send TV on February 26, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    *Fucking terrorists man. I’m just trying to fly my drone without doing extra stuff* 😩😭

  3. Ken Thompson on February 26, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Is it true that FAA is amending Part 107 to include birds, since they constitute more than 98% of all documented collisions with aircraft, the principal motive behind 107? Makes me wonder if 107 will disappear like mandated fines for not buying health care in years past.

  4. Bruce Baker on February 26, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Just seems like they are trying to regulate the hobbyist out of the sky…I have a Q500 4K and I have been flying drones for 6 years..Mostly around my house and my neighbor’s field out back . Now I hear they are going to require all drones to send out a radio ID signal, anytime it starts up…when it takes effect, you will have 3 years to dispose of all of your drones that do not have that …..I guess it is time to buy some RC trucks and cars, at least until they are required to be licensed by some federal agency and run out of existence also ….you find a hobby you like and sooner or later the government will regulate it so much you can’t afford it anymore……I didn’t have this many regulations when I was flying my Cessna 150 back in the 70s…..

  5. Darrin Nunyah on February 26, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Glad to hear that the government is cracking down on all of those terrorists weaponizing their drones. It was getting waaaaay out of hand. This will stop them because they’ll be afraid of government fines. Good thinking, Feds.

  6. Eric Campbell on February 26, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Thug Life 4 Life

  7. Jesse Patterson on February 26, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for the insite on the North Carolina permit! The test was easy compared to the 107 exam.

  8. Florida Wildlife on February 26, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    March 1st night flight to show the FAA we mean no. As a show of strength all drone pilots need to fly their drone between 7 and 8pm on March 1st as a show of strength that no means no about the new FAA proposal. Please fly to show them we are a big group and stand together united! Help spread the word!

  9. HEALTHNHAPPINESS on February 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    thank you for this video

  10. Gold Fishyman on February 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Do you think its a coincidence that regulations are going through world wide? This drone regulation is not about terrorist. its about clearing the airspace for Amazon delivery. Who else has the power to affect laws world wide? Why all of a sudden is there an interest to prevent this when the RC aircraft hobby has been around for over 50Yrs? The FPV flights have been a thing on airplanes for over 12 years now before drones even became mainstream. Same for Aerial photography. Watch "Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (full film) | FRONTLINE" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVVfJVj5z8s Perhaps if your willing to do something start boycotting amazon.

  11. Nate Shiz on February 26, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    actually the FAA says that anyone under 13 cannot register a drone. SO that means if it’s not required to be registered than you can fly it at any age. otherwise kids couldn’t buy toy drones at walmart

  12. Lou on February 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    So instead of attempting to find and follow all these draconian rules, can I just simply bend over and assume the position? It might be gentler that way.

  13. Noland T on February 26, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    The new rules are so restrictive, however it appears as though the FAA is clearing the sky for commercial drone delivery services, see the video "How Drones Could Change The Shipping Industry" I guess follow the money and you will see what’s up.

  14. Carlos Martinez on February 26, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    i just what to fly for fun do i still need a License can anybody please

  15. Yogenh on February 26, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    This also goes for rc planes

  16. Rick Noah on February 26, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Oh darn… I just looked at the Air Map and I’m about 500 meters inside of the "air space" for an airport. And it’s not an airport in all-day use. It’s the small airfield at the AF Academy. BUT it is designated as a ‘yellow’ class-D airspace. I am flying a 185 gram quad. Nothing fancy, but it does have GPS, which is nice. I "assume" I can fly, without asking anyone, so long as I stay under 200′ AGL. Is that a correct assumption ??

  17. macelius on February 26, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Register my drone? Fuck that, what about helis and planes, shit, even cars.

  18. Bruce Baker on February 26, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    So many rules & regulations,for hobby of flying my toy drone , that i am moving my money to ground based RC hobby and away drones , RC trucks and racers look like a lot of fun, that I can do in my own yard, without federal permission…Getting so I can’t even fly in my own yard without federal flight plans, and notifying the FAA every time I go up for my 18 minute flight…….I spent a lot of money on my drone hobby, money that would have bought some real awesome RC trucks….

  19. Don Juan the GodSter. on February 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Laanc been available to hobbyists for the past few months. Ain’t nothing new.

  20. Borealis Gelidus on February 27, 2021 at 12:01 am

    D
    Flying drones is up to become impossible at the very end and that is what they want to achieve, no doupt about it! The same will overtake all those to fixed wing pilots out there as well! 🥶

  21. D Hansel on February 27, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Being realistic the rules are unenforceable.
    I have talked to Houston Police Department men that DO fly drones and chasing down little Johnny about flying his drone is down the priority ladder close to barking dogs or cars parked the wrong way on the street.
    We have too much drug activity, police being killed and children being abducted.
    It all comes down to too many lawyers out of work.

  22. Cody Arthur on February 27, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Here to say I don’t follow all the faa rules. F*** them.

  23. John Newson on February 27, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Thank you

  24. Nemesis 851 on February 27, 2021 at 12:07 am

    So, are we going to be required to have the craft ID on all 17 sides of the drone? – sad joke
    Top and bottom I would understand,
    but how good a telescope are they going to need to see 1/8" text on a moving craft 401′ AGL (sigh)
    Just EMP it, done.

  25. Suttipong Sukijthamapan on February 27, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I like your video. Very nice.

  26. Matt Wittman on February 27, 2021 at 12:11 am

    After my experience this weekend, I learned the following lesson: According to John at the FAA drone zone, phone #1-844-359-6982, if you fly a drone with a camera attached to it, the FAA automatically assumes you’re intending to make photos and videos. And because of that, the FAA now considers you to be a "commercial flier" and you will need to have a 107 license. Even if your drone is a $20 toy with a wi-fi camera on it, it’s considered commercial if you put it in the air. Even if you’re not being paid by anyone or furthering a business. Even if you take photos that will be posted on a free social media or NONMONETIZED youtube channel, you are still flying for commercial purposes, period. And if you don’t have a 107 license, you will be in violation, period. I had an hour long conversation with the FAA, trying to clarify the rules for hobbyists, which are contradicting and basically make it impossible to fly legally. For example, FAA says to fly within a community based organization set of standards, unofficially, the AMA. Referring to the AMA, their safety guidelines state not to fly within 25 feet of a person, a vehicle or structure. One would assume that would mean VERTICAL distance above a person. However, FAA then goes to say don’t fly over people, period, unless you have a waiver OR, they are in a vehicle or structure. Well, hobbyists can’t get waivers and if following AMA, can’t fly over cars or structures. Really???? Well what’s the definition of "over people"? Because no matter where you fly, you’re flying over somebody somewhere. My understanding and interpretation of that rule is, don’t hover two feet above someone’s head or buzz a crowd of people with your drone. But if you’re flying in class G air over a parking lot at 200 ft with random people scattered across it, is that considered "over people"?? According to the FAA, YES it is. It’s considered an "event" which they say you can’t fly over "events" or stadiums full of people. And the FAA is clear in it’s rules that the stadium has to have a 30,000 people capacity and must be a professional sports event like NFL or MLB stadiums. I respect that rule. But a parking lot??? Really????? And, what if I’m flying off to the side of a person, such as people do when using the "follow me’ function on a drone. You see it all over youtube. Is that considered flying "over people"?? I was told that 99% of waivers to fly over people are denied. So there can’t be that many people with waivers. Then there’s the topic of a "fixed site". Well, my community doesn’t have a fixed site. I put in a request for AND OBTAINED authorization through the FAA’s drone zone to fly within a 5km radius of my house, which has class E airspace above it AND is within 5 miles of an airport. They gave me two years of approval. They knew my address isn’t a fixed site to fly, but they gave me approval. But if I’m a hobbyist, I’m in violation because it’s not an "FAA approved" site. I asked the FAA about flying close to buildings. He told me there are no limits as to how close you can fly to a building, but AMA says 25 feet, another contradiction. So if you’re filming a 10 story building three feet away from it, it’s legal. But if someone unknowingly is walking on the sidewalk below and walks under your drone, you’re in violation. Go figure that one. The FAA agreed it would be a violation if that happened like that. And what burns my hide is there are people all over youtube telling people different things. And then you have this ‘aeronautical knowledge test’ that doesn’t exist. It’s not available for anybody to take. It was supposed to be available in Nov. of 2019, but that didn’t happen. The FAA guys told me it will be YEARS before we see any significant changes in drone laws. I have come to distrust any information that doesn’t come from the FAA and I urge all hobbyists in this field to do the same. You WILL get in trouble, eventually. And it will be a cocky, asshole 107 pilot who rats you out to the FAA, as what happened to me for flying "over people" at a charity motorcycle toy ride for kids in need, put on by a nonprofit organization and I made a video, with permission BTW, to share with friends. So in closing I have to say, there are no "recreational" fliers anymore unless you restrict yourself to the same muddy, boring cornfield and fly in circles for hours on end in airspace and altitudes that manned aircraft wouldn’t be flying in anyways. If an airplane is flying at 100′ agl, it means he’s crashing. And make sure you don’t have a camera on your drone. The gentleman I spoke to at the FAA is named John. Phone number is 1-844-359-6982. Call the folks at FAA drone zone and hear the rules from them, not some youtuber guy. I respect DRONR has good intentions, and I appreciate what he does, but he was wrong when saying that LAANC wasn’t available to hobbyists, which it is available. It’s been available since July 26, 2019. And this video came out Nov. 12, 2019. So that there should prove to you, DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HERE ON YOUTUBE. I believed it and followed it, and I got in trouble. Thank you

  27. Jorge Moya on February 27, 2021 at 12:13 am

    question. What if I fly outside the US 99.9% of the time as a travel vlogger and monetize my videos or make money off them using the mini with footage outside the US? The FAA part 107 license would not do me any good. I rarely fly in the US and much less use that content for videos. Thoughts?

  28. Devilflashbang Vang on February 27, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Do we have to take a knowledge test for recreational use? and where? because people keep stating it, but never give any info on it. I’m stressing cause that. I am new and I want to fly my drone. Thank you!

  29. mr tangerillo on February 27, 2021 at 12:17 am

    It’s kind of funny, the FAA says law enforcement wants this to happen to keep airports safe and to minimize the ability for terrorist to use drones. Okay, that is just straight dumb. This is just like the gun legislation do you really think just because there is a new law that makes people have to register drone. Do you really think terrorist give a shit lol. This type of excuse is just a bunch of bullshit. So what you are telling me is a terrorist just has to register their drone to safely use it without second thought. I see so many loop holes in this. I’m sure it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.

  30. Robert MacCready on February 27, 2021 at 12:17 am

    The LAANC system is available right now with the Kittyhawk app or AIRMAP app. Check it out.

  31. Ray Kelly on February 27, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Great video! Excellent info here. Please subscribe to my channel. I’m coming to CA in March. Hope to fly my mini in San Pedro when there,

  32. Donnie H on February 27, 2021 at 12:18 am

    good job on getting to the points right off the start ! a lot better than the other 10,000 videos that bore you to death with their comic stupidity.

  33. The Foreignator on February 27, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Gold

  34. Harley Tatlıses on February 27, 2021 at 12:19 am

    FAA

    TÜRKÜM ANLAYAN ANLADI

  35. Spiritual warrior&healer on February 27, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Technically they should make you a real pilot! After you pass their stupid test you should Fly a commercial airliner..

  36. Alan Q. Wake on February 27, 2021 at 12:20 am

    This is unnecessary the vast majority of people drone in their yard or a park or even a bike trail whoever is dumb enough to fly near tall buildings or air space would get caught anyway.

  37. JSKCKNIT on February 27, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Long time no see….guess I should click the notification bell!

  38. IansWorld on February 27, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Just got my first drone and this is honestly very frustrating and disheartening just want to fly and and experiment creating cinematic videos 😓😓 nonetheless appreciated the video 👌

  39. Adam Goll on February 27, 2021 at 12:24 am

    How does FAA enforce? There no sky police. It seems anyone can go fly a plane or drone and FAA will never know unless you tell them.

  40. WINGSHIGH Aviation on February 27, 2021 at 12:24 am
  41. Clifton Cook on February 27, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I think the solution is easy, leave hobbyist at a 400 ft range give the corporate drones 400 – 1000 ft and they have rids

  42. Just Send TV on February 27, 2021 at 12:25 am

    *Do i need to take a test as a section 336 hobbyist? Plz tell me i don’t have to take the test*

  43. John Kinder on February 27, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I think everything about this is bs

  44. MASTERSAIS on February 27, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Just let it go, let it go.
    Let it go, let go_ ..
    how ever that song goes.
    I’m going to be able to tell my grand kids, one day. I remember there was a time in this country, when we had the freedom’s of flying a kite an airplane and a drone, in your back yard without going to prison.

    Personally I will not be putting any personal ID device on my radio… I understand that the people that thought of all these new laws believe in their own minds that this is a good idea. But In reality we all know it’s not… So the only reason why the FAA would implement the laws the way they have written them now is only, out of spite… FAA people want to Tax free air space that In most cases don’t belong to the government. How is that even legal? Taking away our freedom’s to privacy and to fly under 400 feet away from airport’s. Anyways I predict the FAA will do as they wish and, more law abiding people will be doing things illegal. If it goes though like I predict it would because you all told us it will happen. Getting hate mail, I believe you all enjoy Knowing it is getting people Mad and upset. I hope it will hinder all your kids and grand kids from flying and they blame you…

    To all of us Droners I think I have a solution to this, everyone that has a drone weather it can fly or not needs to turn it on. Tape the Drone to a tree or something safe off of the ground. Turn on the Drone and the radio, fly your drone if you can. This will flood the radio air space. They will not know whom to go after. Since drones are not like guns on new year’s day and fire works on the 4th. We can fly everyday. If you are afraid of getting cought flying then tape drone without props and tie it to a stick and pretend to fly it. We need to take control and show them it’s a waist of their money and their time…

  45. Bern C. Prasertsri on February 27, 2021 at 12:29 am

    DRONR, your thumbnail reminds me of Major Payne!

    I spoke a little bit about the FAA in my video:
    https://youtu.be/t-kRnrIP0nw

  46. Dtrain72 on February 27, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I just got a drone in Kuwait. It looks like it is a pain in the ass to fly recreational.

  47. AwareWare on February 27, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Toy drones that kids race on their lawns will have to be registered and granted permission to fly, with a monthly fee? What for? What’s the fear? A broken window? In that case, just consider kids playing baseball on their lawns. A broken window from a home run is just as possible. Why are they not required to register baseballs? Should there be a monthly fee to throw and catch a baseball? Should every kid that plays baseball be required to register with a "third party monitoring service" to report when and where they played? Of course this is total nonsense. It is not acceptable in a free society. What then, does the government really fear? Being "spied upon" with drones is what the government probably fears. Cameras in the sky. That is perhaps the actual reason for the new FAA proposals to limit the use of drones. But they won’t admit it. Is the death of photography constitutionally valid? Most people don’t think it is. What are your views?

  48. ArctisTheMonk on February 27, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Im form germany and want to bring my drone (recreational purposes) to USA in march. First a registered my drone (Mavic Air) at FAA for 5$ – fine no words about a test.

    AFTER the registration you get the Message "To fly under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you must: Pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test" FINE…

    Than on the FAA Page you get the information you need a FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by register at IACRA… OK Done that. And guess what —- The Test is only at a Center you have to do it in the USA (while i do my holyday?)… its not even ONLINE. WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS

  49. badhabit on February 27, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Is it even worth buying a drone nowadays for recreational with all these laws?

  50. Nemesis 851 on February 27, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Like B said, something for Rec fliers coming.
    I’m predicting that a Remote Pilot will need to be able to produce EITHER
    A Part 107 Licence, OR a Recreation Flier Certification
    Don’t have either, then you are burned

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