You NEED To Know This BEFORE You Fly a Drone at Night!!

You NEED To Know This BEFORE You Fly a Drone at Night!!

When the New FAA REMOTE ID for Drones Rule came out so did BIG changes to Flights over People and Flying at Night rules that will determine what is now legal whether you’re a 107 or recreational pilot. I’ll go through these changes one by one and explain them so we can understand the 107.29 rules and what they really mean to us. It seems that the FAA actually relaxed the regulations a bit which is quite a departure compared to the normal direction, but hopefully this is a new trend.

Couple of quick clarifications: I incorrectly stated that the existing 107 Daylight Waivers will expire on March 15th, 2021 and they will actually be good until May 15th.
Also, I stated 107 pilots can apply for a “waiver” to fly at night in controlled airspace and I meant to say “Authorization”.
The FAA has delayed the flights at night training until April 6th now as the the Biden administration has put a hold on all pending regulations. This will probably slip again.

*** As always I’ll continue to share the nuances as I find them but PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR COMMENTS as well, I learn a lot from you too! Good Flying!

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107 Rules Summary: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/gslac/courses/content/451/1458/14CFR107_MajorProvisions.pdf
Recreational 44809 Rules: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title49-section44809&num=0&edition=prelim
New 107.29 Amendment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/15/2020-28947/operation-of-small-unmanned-aircraft-systems-over-people

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50 Comments

  1. mike kellow on June 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Keith, I’m not sure if I misunderstood but are you saying you don’t necessarily need a spotter at night? If so why should we need one in the day when we can see more!
    Thanks mike

  2. George Lainhart on June 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    So since you seem to be pretty up on all the FAA rules what are the rules for Law Enforcement flying at night in a controlled airspace my department is starting a drone program so we have a lot to learn and we have a major airport in our jurisdiction and you are good at putting FAA rules in terms that can be understood

  3. Where North Begins on June 25, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Ironically when I watched this there are 3 dislikes.

  4. Ed Vergara on June 25, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Very informative video. I like the way you come right out to the point and the information you provided was backed up directly by the FAA rather than making your own interpretation. Because of that, I hit the Subscribe and Bell buttons but I couldn’t hit the Thumbs down twice so I ended up hitting the Like button instead. 😜

  5. Colin Mclean on June 25, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    i did my 107 in Late December 2020. Got the license card early Feb 2021. Do i have to redo the test for night flight or is there another test specific to night flight?

  6. Tolga Balci on June 25, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Did you find something specific that’s referring to LAANC? From what I understand changes to LAANC to allow night flight are on the way. Maybe you can ask on your next call to the FAA? See https://youtu.be/IYcdC6GgnOo?t=3452

  7. Evangelista Drone on June 25, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I’m here watching your video and leaving that like and subscribing to your channel

  8. shallow water Drifter on June 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I would like to use my drone for night time security surveillance on my property. Do I need to file for a special permit for that.

  9. Drone & Video -AZ. on June 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Your channel is always informative. Thank you. OOOhh and lmao on hitting that dislike button twice.

  10. Cesar Abraham on June 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Great Content! Thanks

  11. Mark Allen on June 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    When are the new night flying rules go into effect?

  12. Drone & Video -AZ. on June 25, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Just got my FAA shirt and the decal. Stuck that decal on my truck…..(Looks Awesome)

  13. Frank A. Merola on June 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I treat my drone like a mini semi. It’s not a toy and it gets inspected every time I launch it. Props are checked for damage, software updated and to make sure gimbal guard is off. Often I don’t fly for over a month so I needed to be sure batteries are charged. At dusk I got a low light level warning and I immediately returned it to home. I still have much to learn about my drone.

  14. Linda Muvic on June 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, that was so dry and boring, next time just read from the phone book.

  15. 1001hey1001 on June 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Is there any special rules to fly fpv at night?

  16. QUICK-STAR on June 25, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    99.9% of us drone users are not worried about "legal"….we are not flying in the middle of big cities, sporting events or airports!

  17. Ivan Jdrakov on June 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t fly recreationaly nor am I a 107 pilot, lolol… I just fly for fun only..

    I live in Bulgaria, Sofia… I love to fly at night, I have a few night flights, usually I don’t fly higher than 500m and further than 600m at night…

    Very interesting to see your countries rules…

    Sweet

    Keep well and be safe bro!

    😁🇧🇬🛸

    PS: I love to fly my Mavic Mini and my Mini 2 at night.. I just fly for fun only..

  18. Tim Kemp on June 25, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Great video ‼️

  19. Shane Barber. on June 25, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome thanks Keith. It’s nice to know that I can fly at night now. I do use lights for night time. I have a beacon flashing light and lights in the front and bottom. So I’m all good for seeing my drone well. Have a blessed weekend and God bless.

  20. Desert Golfer on June 25, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Great Video! So to clarify, I am about to take my Part 107 test in two weeks, if I pass, then I wont be requiered to take the additional training for night flight?

  21. Bryan Ciminelli on June 25, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hi, Keith! Love the content you are putting out. I recently passed my 107 exam and your channel has been a tremendous source for clarifying info and doing things right. You may have answered this already, but will I have to retake my exam (Passed on 2/6/21), or will there be separate training available? Thanks

  22. Rob Frasier on June 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Awesome! Thanks!

  23. Shayne Stephens on June 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks Keith! I look forward to your videos because they are so informative!

  24. Ed Ruttledge on June 25, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    A question for the FAA dude … I am a Part 107 certified UAS pilot. I have added a new Skydio 2 to my small fleet. The Skydio 2 has a number of "autonomous" flight capabilities owing to its obstacle avoidance tech. Some of these include flying behind the RPIC ("follow me" or "orbit") even while the RPIC may be engaged in some sort of activity (walking, running, bicycling, etc.). Do momentary lapses in direct sight between the eyes of the RPIC and the UAS aircraft in such a circumstance (and with this autonomous technology involved) comply with the intent of the VLOS regulations?

  25. BirdzEyeView Aerial Visions, LLC on June 25, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Such great news, seriously!! Total game changer for THIS already certified UAS pilot 8) Thank you, Keith, for your time and valuable information!

  26. Vlad Bozak 2.0 on June 25, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Well made content. Subscribed

  27. Grateful Girl on June 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I love your intro! Very creative. I’ve subscribed to help a friend who just bought a drone.

  28. My Island By Drone on June 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Great information and thank you for sharing 👍

  29. Mario Hennenberger on June 25, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    7:55 that sounds like really great news for FPV Pilots

  30. Bronx Warrior on June 25, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    You need to get to the point.. you probably have good information. But to long winded

  31. Gordon Hutchinson on June 25, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Good info! Is there a link to the updated initial knowledge test course for flying at night?

  32. Matthew McCain on June 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Is this in effect now then? If I want to fly this evening under 107 I don’t need a daylight waiver?

  33. Drone & Video -AZ. on June 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Great items in your store.

  34. Theodore Watson on June 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Great content. Good to hear about the updates to the directional lighting requirement.

  35. DronePilot KF on June 25, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    The video was really great! Everything explained clearly! All round a perfect job! You just have to subscribe to your channel! Greetings from Germany! Stay healthy!

  36. Timothy Thompson on June 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Great explanations, Keith. Maybe I’m seeing things, or in this case not seeing things (I’m half blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other), but on your thumbnail it appears your Mini 2 is flying with 3-1/2 props. Front right is missing the bottom half.

  37. Matt Foley on June 25, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    How I fly (and will continue to fly) at night as a recreational pilot: charge batteries, turn on the lights, launch, fly. Period.

  38. Reaner Ramirez on June 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I really like your video, hope maybe you will notice me, i really a drone (ramirezreaner@yahoo.com)

  39. Gumer Zambrano on June 25, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I’d love to fly a drone through DTLA 🙌🏽

  40. 乇volve Outdoors on June 25, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    "Rules and regulations are immortal and if we keep making more every year and do not do something about removing them, then eventually we’ll be able to do nothing." -Elon Musk 2020

  41. Pilotsharks Hanger on June 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Handshake another great video easy to understand, and thanks for your time in checking on this stuff for us out here in drone land.
    Fly Fun, Fly Safe, Just Fly.

  42. Lou C. on June 25, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    This flying at night was crazy. When I read the rules, it specifically stated to fly at night, the UAV had to have anti-collision lighting, visible up to 3 statute miles. So, I equipped to comply. The rule never specified anything about needing a waiver. Although I don’t believe I broke any rule, as I followed it specifically to how it was written, I’m glad it was eliminated.

  43. Jim's Innovations on June 25, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    just found your channel, really like it getting into drones myself so love seeing this stuff ty for your time making these, im looking to return the one i got, i overpayed bigtime, LOL my first one anyway going thru amazon and getting a real one / aka our drones im in indiana so idk if this affects me or not?

  44. Dave Roberts, Albuquerque on June 25, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Good explanation of the new night fly rules. Since I will be taking my Part 107 test after March 15, I’m curious to know what types of questions the test might include about night flying. The parts you brought up dealt primarily with lights required for the drone, but I image other questions, like how to best prepare for a night flight, adjusting your eyes, even possibly being able to identify aircraft at night and their direction of travel. Any thoughts?

  45. Brooks Carroll on June 25, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hey, love you channel, I just got my license and capitalizing on all opportunities when I can drone to get great footage.

    One clarifying question about night flying, even if I have my 107 license & anti collision lights, I wouldn’t be able to fly in zone that limit me to 100 feet or below because it has flight restrictions?

    Thanks again for all your info videos

  46. Justin Bradley on June 25, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Ok I had to subscribe on that intro alone. Ker plop! Great job

  47. Larz Media on June 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Hi, I’ve recently purchased the DJI Mini 2 and was planning to use it for non profit videos on youtube. Do I need to get a part 107 license before hand or am I free to fly and share?

  48. AutumnAspens on June 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Again Keith…..Your videos are also educational and very appropriate. Thanks so much for breaking these things down. Folks on both sides, operators and the non-flying public, are sometimes very unaware that there are regulations that permit how to fly.

    Thanks again!

  49. Allen Tweed on June 25, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I think there is a difference between Recurrent training and updated training. They are not the same. If your 107 certificate is current, you just have to take the updated training for night operations. This will be available on the FAA web site on March 1. When it is time to take the Recurrent training for your 107 certificate, the night operations part will be included. So, bottom line is that 107 pilots can take the night operations training and operate at night. When it’s time for your overall 107 training, night operations will be included. Confusing I know but there is a difference.

  50. Jesse Hatcher on June 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    As a hobbyists pilot is there an issue with someone asking me to use my drone to search for a missing person?

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