Drones have seen quite an increasing activity in the recent years which necessitated the authorities to chalk out a strategy for creating rules towards validating this awesome, impressive and state of the art invention. The news comes in the wake of various owners of drone penalized in the recent times for what ‘Federal Aviation Administration’ believed that there rules were not followed.
It certainly highlighted about massive clouds of uncertainty where general masses weren’t getting a clear cut, precise, straight and authentic rules which are actually laid down by FAA. However, not any more though as the following post gives you complete scenario of the accurate rules so that you make sure you know US drone laws before flying:-
Rule regarding weight
Your drone’s weight should be in the intermediary 0.55 lbs and 55 lbs. It costs you $5 by registering your given details in the form of postal address, email address and credit card details. Your drone is unique as per the registration number given to you. You have to be atleast 13 years old U.S citizen for flying in public area. People from other nationalities have to register with FAA after arriving.
- There is a clear guideline laid down by FAA where the drone shouldn’t cross more than 400 feet. Those inhabiting near airports have to be extra careful.
- A minimum of 25 ft is kept to be away from properties, thus avoiding any risk of eventuality.
- Your responsibility becomes even more when it comes to sensitive buildings, power stations and water treatment sites.
FAA strict guidelines for hobbyists
If you are flying drone just for recreational purpose, then you can’t commercialize it. For example,
·You can’t sell the photos captured from drone
·You may fly at aircraft club but receiving money is a big No
·Your drone may be used for transporting boxes but again accepting money is actually not recommended. You can do as a mark of helping people.
Practice in open areas
Initially, it is preferred to fly in open areas with least interference, for polishing your skills to become a proficient pilot.
A big No-No in bad weather
Why would you want to fly drone in bad weather with strong winds or rain? Well, flying in a mild rain is alright but, if the visibility is the lowest, then I am afraid you should wait till the time, weather gets fully cleared. After all, your drone is a priced thing for you and just by your careless attitude you don’t want to damage it or harm anybody else as well.
Avoid flying near private property
Yes, you don’t want to land yourself in trouble by flying near the property of someone and worst of all, using drone’s built in camera. Privacy is something which is the right of everybody, even more so if people are actually in their premises. Isn’t it? In the event, when it is very necessary to fly near them or take images, then permission is the safest option for a hassle free time.
I am sure the above post will arm you with choicest of guidelines to follow while flying drone in U.S