What Are the Drone Laws for FPV Flying? Do You Need a Part 107?

Our caller for today, Bryan has a question about FPV flying. Many FPV pilots are flying without proper registration and with little regard for the law. Specifically, prominent YouTubers are recklessly flying FPV drones to rack up more views. Is the FAA or FSDO likely to enforce action against such illegal drone pilots?

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Timestamps

02:49 – Today’s question is about FPV flying
04:38 – Are recreational drone laws applicable to FPV pilots?
05:05 – How many FPV racers get their Part 107 license?
06:29 – Are Cinewhoop drones being used for commercial purposes?
11:12 – Are FPV racers being singled out by the FAA and FSDO?
13:18 – Does the absence of geo-fencing on FPV drones endanger airspace safety?
15:07 – Will FPV racers face any serious repercussions if they do not get their Part 107?

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20 Comments

  1. Kwadfather Fpv on August 16, 2020 at 10:11 am

    And most aren’t ham operators either lol. Subscribe to Kwadfather Fpv! I’m ham, bologna,and tuna 😂

  2. John Rosner on August 16, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I’m a little bit confused you don’t get Bees with honey They make the honey And what’s vinegar got to do is it. You guys remind me of Saturday night live daily affirmations get You guys are really lame Very funny

  3. Dslee1 on August 16, 2020 at 10:14 am

    What a couple of whiners

  4. Wyld Dingo on August 16, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Also, please stop calling FPV pilots ‘FPV racers’. Many acro FPV pilots have never raced a day in their life.

  5. John Rosner on August 16, 2020 at 10:21 am

    When are you guys going to realize it’s you that is the problem it’s the phantoms those drones those people flying those camera drones that is ruining it for everybody FPV pilots are not the problem its the DJI Phantom pilots wake up

  6. John Rosner on August 16, 2020 at 10:27 am

    How many of you Phantom pilots know how to solder or repair a drone I’m guessing 0 Give a man a drone and you have drone University Teach a man how to build a drone and you have FPV pilots

  7. Siamect on August 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

    As long as we have unacceptable regulations written by people without experience in the field of activity they try to regulate and these regulations are approved by people with political agendas, honourable people will violate those regulations.

  8. Drones Unlimited on August 16, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Rob and Paul for the discussion. FPV is a very sensitive topic within the drone community. I’m a huge fan of FPV but also a fan of drone entrepreneurs. I only wish the best for upcoming pilots. In Florida, it is a felony (or can be) while trespassing on a construction site. I figured that would be good info to mention for future pilots. I have no intentions of tattling but great discussion none the less as you offer FPV classes. They need guidance as much as a typical 107 pilot. What’s being taught now for FPV pilots and commercial drone pilots are two different planets but they both fall under the same rules. In the end, FPV pilots have the same role in influencing any future laws and regs to come. However, I will spend some of my minutes keeping an eye on the industry as that is part of what a drone business should do. I appreciate the discussion.
    –Bryan

  9. John Rosner on August 16, 2020 at 10:41 am

    You do realize that most of the drone industry is laughing at you guys I mean come on educate yourself a little bit before we start talking About Cinna whoops and FPV .drones Drone racers do not race senna whoops

  10. Chris Mawson on August 16, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I will say that ALOT of FPV pilots don’t give two shits about FAA regulations. But, I don’t know anyone personally in the hobby that actually flies with reckless abandon. Never around people unless it’s something like a Tiny Whoop. I would honestly trust anyone that has put in the time and effort to learn to fly FPV to be more conscientious on average than a ‘regular’ drone pilot. Purely because the barrier to entry with FPV is astronomically higher than an AP platform like Yuneeq or DJI.

  11. trail mark on August 16, 2020 at 10:45 am

    I am a photographer I studied it in college it’s what I like to do. When the Mavic Mini (drone) came out I was excited, I wanted to put it in my backpack and take off on my electric bike. I wanted to take it to the park, I wanted to take it to the lake, I wanted to take it down bicycle trails, I wanted it to follow me wherever I was to go. I was even going to name it Fido my trusty companion. What I have learned is not what I wanted to learn I learned now I don’t live in America anymore. Free enterprise is dead, I don’t plan on buying something I like that politics already owns. It is almost like a feeling of freedom I knew growing up has left the country. It is sad that all these wondrous ideas and perspectives that I was to investigate has been shut down in my thinking. All the places I have mentioned is off-limits to this camera. I could get a license to use this camera but if I did I would probably opt out on my new job as an airline pilot flying the Boeing 747 around the world. It is just a little more trouble than I wanted to get involved with. I cannot think of free enterprise existing in my mind anymore. I am sad. America is now a political dictatorship that wants to micromanage its citizens… Big bummer!

  12. Pilot Jenkins on August 16, 2020 at 10:46 am

    I have never in my life heard so many badly-informed statements and bad-mouthing of something that you don’t understand. I don’t even fly FPV and I was insulted by this. Specifically about the Geo-Fencing, I understand the need for it and that there will always be people who try to do things that are unsafe but it is not even possible to TRY to control every aspect of hobby-grade flying. And it would be silly to do so. No FPV pilot that is a halfway decent person would fly in controlled airspace without either a permit or doing it safely (I.E. not doing it). Having a 107 license does not mean that you are a safe and responsible pilot. I am a helicopter pilot (real ones not drones xD) and there is a guy in my town that repeatedly flies in my airspace and my tour route. He has a 107 license. He gets sponsored to collect footage but he doesn’t do it safely, and has gotten investigated by the NTSB FASteam several times, but nothing was out of order and nothing ever came of it. My old flight instructor actually searched him out one day after a flight that came dangerously close and asked him to at least use a radio to let the air traffic know where he was operating and at what altitude, but he refused. It seems really odd to hear people talk about the "illegal" people like Mr. Steele, JohnnyFPV etc but not even give them credit for being better and safer pilots than some 107 operators ever will be. Can’t the FAA focus on what actually needs fixing before trying to grab up even more control of regular people?

  13. Asher Dog on August 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

    The FPV sport needs an NRA.

  14. Independent Drone Channel on August 16, 2020 at 10:57 am

    🙂

  15. CommandoFPV on August 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I come from the era of skateboarding and was a hardcore skater…. Seems like the whole FPV thing is treated the same….. I’d be more worried about the guy who just left Best Buy with his new drone vs. the FPV guy. This stuff is over regulated and borderline ridiculous. We encounter more dangerous things every single day… things are getting a bit blown out of proportion…. I care less what the FAA says, if they go over board even more I will still fly, we will find ways.. Plus how many of you guys whining with your 107’s have skills like Steele or the likes? I mean it sounds more like "thats not fair they don’t have a 107" whiny argument lol, my point is how many of you whining about your business actually have the skills or potential to even fly like that?

  16. Wyld Dingo on August 16, 2020 at 11:02 am

    FPV culture is continually evolving. It’s been a long time since Team Blacksheep’s sketchy urban stunts. Johnny FPV’s construction crane dive video was posted 2 years ago and all his videos are now done legally with permission. Rotor Riot’s bridge dive was duely punished over a year ago. And Mr. Steele also mentions the permissions he’s obtained prior to diving buildings in Atlanta. In short, FPV will never be squeaky clean, but FWIW the community is actively policing itself for buffoonery. Members know the difference between a calculated legal risk, (like trespassing) vs. flying in a way that puts people or property in danger, which is universally shunned. Also, almost none of them have a part 107 license because they fly recreationally and consider FPV goggles similar (and safer) to ‘visual’ line of sight.

  17. JeffroFPV on August 16, 2020 at 11:02 am

    True let it go , breaking the rules will happen no matter 107 or not

  18. Lu Johnson on August 16, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Wait, I file on Airmap EVERY TIME my son and I fly FPV. I want the FAA to realize just how many of us there are, how often we fly, and the myriad of places which we fly in. I want them to realize our numbers, our voting power, and how intent we are on continuing our activities.

  19. Lu Johnson on August 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Caller, calm down. Quit being such a busybody wannabe tattle. You were probably THAT kid at school, too, weren’t you?

  20. John Rosner on August 16, 2020 at 11:07 am

    I fly free style drones not racing You need a ham license to fly FPV you do not need part 107 To fly as a hobbyist It’s sad that you guys flying your phantoms are ruining our fun get your head out of your butt And learn about FPV Real pilots fly FPV It doesn’t take any talent to fly a Phantom

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