Drone Rules for the Recreational Operator…Part 2

As the drone or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) industry continues to flourish, the publicdrone1 continues to eat up everything drone related. The FAA estimates the number of consumer drones stands at over 1.1 million and by 2021 they are expecting that number to increase to 3.5 million. With that many drones in the sky, UAV’s are a very hotly debated topic right now. Many people and government agencies have several concerns when it comes to recreational drone use, such as:

  • Privacy
  • Unmanned Aircraft vs. Manned Aircraft
  • Skill Level of Pilots

So in Part 1 of this blog we listed several rules to follow so that you can stay out of trouble and fly safely. We are going to re-list those regulations to refresh your memory, because there have been some changes to those rules. The biggest one being that you no longer have to register your drone with the FAA, as long as they are operated in compliance with section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. If you already registered your drone and you wish to delete your registration and receive a refund of your registration fee, access the Registration Deletion and Self-Certification Form.

Here are some of those regulations to abide by:drone2

  • Always keep you UAV in your line of sight
  • Fly below 400 ft at all times
  • Never fly above a group of people
  • Make sure your drone is under 55lbs
  • Always avoid manned aircraft and never operate in a careless or reckless manner
  • Understand airspace restrictions and requirements. Know your TFR’s (Temporary Flight Restrictions)
  • Never fly within 5 miles of an airport without previous permission from both the airport operator and air traffic control tower
  • Do not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires or accidents
  • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol

These are just a few of the rules that you should be following when you are flying your drone. It seems like a daily occurance where we are hearing of another drone operator not following the rules. Close calls with manned aircraft, flying in restricted areas, or causing damage or harm to people or property are the most common regulations broken. Listed below is a list of links and their descriptions that will give you all the information you could ever want about flying drones. These links are there for you to educate yourself before flying. The more you know, the less likely you are to have an issue with the regulations. Fly safe!







What Can Drones Do For You?

These days whether you are a drone supporter or a drone critic, one thing we can agree on is drones are here to stay. Everyday we are learning about new and amazing ideas for using drones. It is an awesome time to be involved with drones. They are enhancing our everyday lives, advancing our industries, and expanding our futures. So, what you ask can these drones do?

Surely by now you have heard of at least some of the tasks drones are carrying out such as deliveries for companies like Amazon and Domino’s and the many uses they have in the military. But these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) have some other very cool uses.

  • Drones are starting to be used more and more for Search & Rescue Missions now that the technology is getting increasingly advanced. UAV’s can get to places where humans, search dogs, and helicopters can’t. They can be immediately put into action with no delay, giving rescuers real-time information when seconds matter the most. Missing hikers and natural disaster victims will be very thankful for that little drone flying around them in their time of need.
  • sb-halftimeDid you watch the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year? Well if you did then you saw an amazing light show going on in the sky behind Lady Gaga. Those lights were actually 300 little drones with an Intel technology called Shooting Star, which allows specialist to choreograph an airborne light show with an army of drones. Disney World also recently used the same technology to put on their Starbright Holiday show in Orlando.
  • Watching ESPN a while back I stumbled upon the DRL or the Drone Racing League. drlThat’s right drone racing! Pilots fly these racing drones at speeds over 100mph around a stadium or abandoned building and through a course specifically designed for these drone races. Pilots are flying them by wearing FPV (First Person View) goggles that transmit a live feed from a small camera mounted on the front of the drone. These pilots are truly skilled at flying these drones, making split second manuevers to get to the finish line first. It really is something to watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
  • Do we have any aspiring movie directors out there? Drone film festivals are starting to pop up all over the globe giving amateur film makers a chance to show off their short movies to crowds of thousands of movie buffs. The FRiff (Flying Robot International Film Festival) , the New York City Drone Film Festival, and the European Drone Film Festival  in Barcelona, Spain this year are just a few of the more popular events showcasing these short movies shot entirely from the perspective of a drone. FRiFF had 180 movie submissions from filmmakers of 40 different countries, while the New York City Drone Film Festival had upwards of 350 submissions from 45 different countries. To say these aerial shot movies are taking off is an understatement.

So what can drones do for you? Pretty much anything you can think of and then some. Whether its movies, sports, aerial light shows, or maybe saving your life one day,  I personally look forward to seeing what the future holds for drone technology.