Have you heard?
The Federal Aviation Administration has finally revised some rules regarding the use of drones.
We at LIT drones have put together a brief summary of the new rules. Take a look and comment for questions and discussion!
Alright, now, the new rules only apply to drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing under 55lbs which are used for non-recreational and non-hobby purposes. So, that means that if you are using the drone for business or making some cash using drones, then these new rules will apply to you.
- You MUST obtain a Knowledge Testing/Remote Pilot Certification, pretty much a drone pilot license.
- Tests are available starting August 29, 2016, we’ve provided more information at the end of this post
- You must perform pre-flight inspections.
- Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS) flying only.
- The drone (aircraft) must be visible to the operator without any visual aid (binocular, telescope, FPV System, etc) except for corrective lenses (glasses, contact lenses).
- The weather visibility must be a minimum of 3 miles from the point of operation.
- The drone cannot fly over people who are not participating in the operation.
- It also goes as far to say to not fly under a covered structure or inside a covered stationary vehicle.
- You can only fly during daylight.
- 30 min. before the official sunrise and 30 min. after the official sunset times
- Must yield to other aircraft. (Could possibly include model planes, heli’s?)
- Max speed of 100 mph.
- Max altitude of 400 feet from ground level.
- If altitude is higher than 400 feet, it must be within 400 feet of a structure.
- You must not operate the drone from a moving vehicle or aircraft.
- You must not operate more than 1 drone at once.
- No careless/reckless operations of the drone.
- Must not transport/carry hazardous materials.
- You must not operate a drone if you know or have a reason to know that you have a physical or mental disability that can interfere with safely operating the drone.
Study Materials and Testing Centers
DISCLAIMER: For all the details and actual wording of the rules, please visit the following 3 links on the FAA website.
Note that the FAA will refer to the drone as an Unmanned Aircraft Systems. This includes the drone (aircraft), the radio, fpv system, etc.