New FAA drone Rules for Hobbyists EXPLAINED – KEN HERON

Ken and Jeff sift through the new hobbyist drone rules.

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FAA Drone Zone (Registration)
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Additional Info on changes for Recreational drone Pilots:
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Link to PDF of FAA-S-ACS-10-A (Regarding minimum age requirements for taking an Aeronautical Knowledge Test) (Search: age requirement)

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This flight complies with the rules set forth by the FAA
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  1. Bern C. Prasertsri on March 15, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Song reminds me of movie Full Metal Jacket.

    I spoke a little bit about the FAA in my video at around 14:00 minutes.

  2. Eric S on March 15, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Knew the ending was coming like it did! You make dudes laugh Ken. (And women too maybe, but what does any guy know about that?) Good for you! And your facial additives are excellent! Love for a good friend from you to like Jeff is all about total respectable abuse! He knows it, you know it, I know it, and every guy knows it! Women? We’ll????…. But they are beautiful and they pretend to understand us and they really (we tell them) do… Thanks Ken for the constant Saturday Night Live entertainment you provide just being you.

  3. BradK on March 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    If your drone is large enough to hurt someone or damage property are you willing to claim responsibility and pay for it? If not then don’t fly over/around those areas.

    I’ve only had toy grade and mini drones so far. If I bought a full sized one there are only a few places I would fly it (basically the middle of nowhere).

  4. Zoooma on March 15, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Oh, and keeping VLOS is BULLSHIT. Sorry, but I can’t see my drone 3 miles away. Again the FAA can go to hell!!!!

  5. Mr. Peanut on March 15, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Honestly, this really doesn’t seem that bad. It seems pretty comparable to amateur rocketry or radio

  6. Mike Krieger on March 15, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Great vid. Thanks

  7. Zoooma on March 15, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Is that rule still in place about not posting videos to a monetized site like YouTube? The FAA can go to hell!!!!!!

  8. Bob Kelley on March 15, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Or get a mini drone like you guys say. Big smile

  9. Jay money on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Hi ken I have a question if I’m going for my 107 license but haven’t took the test yet still studying but I have my ma2 should I Register as a hobbyist and then when I get my 107 Change it or what should I do ?

  10. daniel reed on March 15, 2021 at 12:26 am

    yes ken u r 3 stooges crazy lololololol but likable,i love when u turn that on hahahhahaha

  11. Bruce Baker on March 15, 2021 at 12:30 am

    So many regulations against drones, that I have started to invest my money in ground-based RC cars and trucks, that I can use in my own back yard without government permission…and I don’t have to register my RC car. Just one point that really bothers me is I can stand in my back yard and hold my camera 6 feet off the ground and take a picture, and sell that picture with no problem, but if that camera is on a drone at 6 feet off the ground and take that same picture, I have to have a commercial drone license to sell that same picture…..I believe there should be a certain height below which you do not need a commercial license …..No more investing my money in drones, just considering that a lot of wasted money now, and my Q500 4K drone is just parked…Maybe I will go out and buy an ultra-lite aircraft I can ride in and have fewer regulations than a drone..You don’t even need a piolet’s license to fly it…

  12. David Thompson on March 15, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Informative and well considered. Good job. Apart from the sound effects and jiggling ……. 😉

  13. Jacques de Molay on March 15, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Minimum age of 16 sounds Okay to me.
    I cannot imagine a younger person shelling out £800 for a 4K drone.
    They can surely use the < 250 g drone type – all in plastic with a dumb camera and learn to fly – and crash to their heart’s content.

  14. JB GOLF on March 15, 2021 at 12:31 am

    So, no need to register DJI mini 2 but I have to pass a test to be able to fly it for fun ? Or what it it?

  15. Dhanush Rao on March 15, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I am a kid, so I didn’t really understand what you meant by "frowns upon" so for my example the beach where there are around 3 people not including me. So you are saying it is okay if there are some people, but if it’s like a baseball game or soccer game like you mentioned in your video then it’s not.

  16. BUILDINGJMPR67 on March 15, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I do understand the terrorist scare and drones…i mean it’s only a matter of time until one of those retards try that crap but yes…its a pain in the ass to us sane people without our head up our ass!😆

  17. Fikes FikesTugBoatsHawaii on March 15, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Hey Ken can I use you as a reference for the FAA drone license

  18. Kid Henderson on March 15, 2021 at 12:38 am

    My drone does not require registration due to bieng under .55 lbs. I am in a green grid zone using the FAA UAS map on an outer grid that is marked with 0. So I cannot fly my drone at my house? If so I need authorization and I do not have a registration number so how do I use LAANC? Also as the grid gets closer to the airport which is 8.6 miles away the grids go up to 400. Very confusing. Any help will be appreciated. PS: My drone app only states to fly with caution.

  19. TTP on March 15, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Thanks to the Aerial Swiss Drone Anarchist Raphael “Trappy” Pirker that came to US to piss FAA, in the name of promoting his business Team Black Sheep!
    There are few other brainless pilots that did similar thing, but Trappy wanted the biggest attention as possible while he sh**ed all over the RC Aircraft community that enjoyed the freedom of flying for over 100 years!!!
    He did screw things up not only in US, but in New Zealand, Brazil….What a f***er!

  20. Dhanush Rao on March 15, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I have a question: By do not fly over a group of people; my question was that, if we have a drone on follow me mode and it follows us and the location is on the beach, which there are maybe 2 to 3 people, does that count as violating the rule

    sorry if you didn’t understand my question.

  21. Sonny Burnett on March 15, 2021 at 12:42 am

    People have been flying Free flight and RC for Decades without issues. We have the News media to thank for this AND people who want authority over others. Seen it many many times, SAD!

  22. Bomberman302 on March 15, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Let’s be real here dont pretend that we all dont know the real truth, I’ll say it. First thing I have been flying airplanes and helis for almost 20 years when things was analog. Its not the FAA that is damaged the hobby it was the advent of the drone into the public hands. Back in the day having multi rotors was almost unheard of, same with gyros and other components. The tech was big and wouldn’t fit and very expensive, but taking a computer and shrinking it down to the size of a normal cellular device made the drone hobby expload with just anyone with basic knowledge and giving them a way to fly with a drone instead of the learning curve of flying a plane or heli. Every news article or TV broadcast was always about drone. So in conclusion dont put your drone into the hobbyist category drones were not ment to be in the hobby category it has directly affected the true rc hobbyist. So if this post dont get deleted this is the real reason the FAA is doing this they see future issues with the low learning curve fly of drones and just putting them in the hands of every young kids, wierd adults, pervs, sex offenders etc. The FAA say this will have to be monitored.

  23. Adam Goll on March 15, 2021 at 12:44 am

    You know someone was the reason why the rule was made.

  24. Rickie j on March 15, 2021 at 12:44 am

    You can thank the idiots who grounded water bombers trying to fight forest fires when they thought it would be a good idea to put their drones in the flight paths of the Water bombers.. Many people’s homes and acreage were burned to the ground when no help could be dispatched, due to these relentless people sending up their drones. Congratulations.

  25. DaveIngle1 on March 15, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Guys, thanks for the vid. First time watcher. I’m a fairly new drone pilot. I use it for work and really, only work. I’m a Home Inspector and there are some roofs that I won’t walk on because of type of material or steepness. My drone is a tool just like a ladder or a flashlight. I have a drone with a 48mp camera that is also smart enough to know if I’m in a no fly zone. That has actually been a problem on a couple of inspections. I never need to fly more than the size of the house and maybe 20 feet above. I’d be very OK with some sort of lock/toggle that wouldn’t allow me to fly higher than X (80 feet) and no more than Y (150 feet) away. I can’t believe that those restrictions would ever interfere with a plane landing around a residential area. I’m betting I’m not the only home inspector that has purchase a drone for the same reasons I did. Just my 2 cents.

  26. Brent Bowers on March 15, 2021 at 12:47 am

    What’s that crazy wide monitor?

  27. Mick mac michael on March 15, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Im waiting for my selfie drone that I plan using to film in my home and garden. I probably may never fly it anywhere else. Would I need a license to do this ?

  28. gedion fasika on March 15, 2021 at 12:48 am

    "bird is the word"

  29. QOS Quality of Speed on March 15, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Ken may I please ask you a question? Today I was flying my drone this particular drone with an X 9p and it was flying perfectly fine about 10 meters above me when all of a sudden it started to go straight up without any stick input. Of course I pulled the stick down but it had no effect and then it went off to the right and slammed into a tree. I have no idea what would have caused this it was flying perfectly before this and it was calibrated before the flight. It was like somebody else had control of the Drone. After that I flew my Mavic mini for the rest of the afternoon and I had zero problems with that drone. If you’ve ever heard of anything like this I would really appreciate your input. Thank you

  30. Mick mac michael on March 15, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Given Canada had just introduced more restrictive controls. This looks like the begining of the end of drones for the masses. What will China do now ?

  31. noneya on March 15, 2021 at 12:54 am

    this buggs me they control from the grass blades up. i fly under the weight limit to reg and only below 75 feet but I’m grouped in because we all know planes and helos are going to be flying skimming the ground. but time in 400 ft range. i fly like a hundred yards from me. I see this all the time the planes and helos are flying so low there flying through the trees and houses. lol stupid I fly for tricks and loops stunts, and yes time 50 no return to home no video line of sight only. there killing a hobby

  32. Bradley Dunagan on March 15, 2021 at 12:55 am

    DAAAMMNN that’s a big monitor! Why?

  33. daniel reed on March 15, 2021 at 12:55 am

    sad to say i gave up the fpv part cause im to old to remember what a transister does and why we can broadcast to the i.s.s and build my own ham radio or antenna,what a bridge does,andhow many watts a technicion can use,i wish they the fcc would make just a test for drone f.p.v. flying based on common sence and saftey i called one place closest to me for the ham test but they seem to frown on r.c. people so i just gave up sad to say

  34. Bob Kelley on March 15, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Well looks like no drone for my grand kid and I. We ere just thinking of the city park.

  35. TooBad4heaven Wonderingstar on March 15, 2021 at 12:58 am

    😑What are you guys smoking over there 👉 ?

  36. shakes on March 15, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Just bought my first drone, went fairly cheap at about $80. Weighs 126g so, I don’t have to worry about a damn thing lol. I plan on upgrading to a Mavic Mini once I get better at flying, and I don’t plan on doing it for monetary gain so, hooray for minimal regulations lol.

  37. bob/lego/gamer on March 15, 2021 at 1:02 am

    if i was flying a dji mini 2 what age would i need to be to fly it and where is the law about that

  38. BUILDINGJMPR67 on March 15, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Hey ken,great work,very entertaining as always… Do the city parks have to have a "no drones" posted or can we not fly recreational at any city parks? I just got stopped in one but fly in many others in the same area?

  39. Keefer Rick on March 15, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Maybe I want to prototype a new aircraft design?

  40. Extremerecluse Fallows on March 15, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Every aspect of manned aircraft is highly regulated. What are the chances of an unmanned aircraft, not in visual sight (line) of the operator not to be treated the same or even more stringently? What is causing this? Irresponsible operators, regulators and the opportunity to bring in more government revenue Fees=Taxes!

  41. Bryan Engle on March 15, 2021 at 1:05 am

    So, if i want to get photos/videos of a river that isn’t easily gotten to on foot that’s not allowed if the drone is no longer visible to me once it is over top (and now just passed)of some trees?

  42. Mark Zylstra on March 15, 2021 at 1:05 am

    So, I’m not allowed to share my videos or pics on youtube when flying a drone as a recreational pilot? All I would want to do is do it for fun and potentially share history or geography of the area.

  43. Dennis Frederick on March 15, 2021 at 1:08 am

    I think the minimum weight limit is too low. What 250grams, is what a drone made of paper……is that with or without battery ? So much for getting a 5 inch drone… Weights to much. If I register a drone do I have to put a sticker with registration numbers on it like planes have ? Already NOT liking the Government sticking their noses in our hobby.

  44. ZWMonkey on March 15, 2021 at 1:09 am

    The link to "Know Before You Fly" concerning a remote pilot certificate is dead. Arrived at a 404 msg when I went there, just a few minutes ago.

  45. Ken Gartin on March 15, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Had to stop and type this at the 3-minute mark. It’s ridiculous to think that you’re always going to have "eyes on your bird". Not possible or practical. I’ll be breaking that rule with extreme prejudice. 🔥

  46. Aluma Home Inspections on March 15, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Hi Ken, as a home inspector I use drones to inspect 2-3 story roofs, I am talking about 20-30 feet high maximum (I not flying at 400 feet to inspect a roof!).The Faa no fly zones around airports prevent my drones to fly in that areas and some of them are really big depending on the airport size. Is there any way I can find a solution?. Thank you

  47. KrisGreyWolf84 on March 15, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Thanks so much guys for the clarification and breakdown. I just received an email with the new guidelines and the one regarding the test was throwing me off because I’ve been studying for my part 107 which I’m hoping to take soon. So this really helped. Thanks again!!

  48. Michael Smith on March 15, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Your more likely to deal with local law enforcement than the FAA, although, they do follow up with A.I’s. They will find you if your near an airport. Dont do it.

  49. nofreebeer on March 15, 2021 at 1:14 am

    FAA stands for Federal Association of Attorneys

  50. Randall Ainsworth on March 15, 2021 at 1:14 am

    The reason for all these rules is because the technology has gotten so affordable that idiots can buy them. And too many hobbyists think they can do whatever they want.

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