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Drone Flying Rules and Regulations

The excitement to fly a drone as soon as it arrives at your doorstep is understandable but before you do that

You must be aware of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone laws and be well aware of your purpose of flying the drone you just bought.


Recreational Drone Laws:


If you're flying for recreation and to share those reels with your friends, then the process is pretty quick all you need to do is pay a nominal fee and pass a basic knowledge test which will get you registered in less than an hour.

Some basic FAA drone regulations to adhere to are:

  • Fly within visual line of sight.

  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (CBO) like the AMA.

  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization.

  • Never fly near other aircraft.

  • Fly in Class G airspace.

  • Never fly near emergency response efforts.

Commercial Drone Laws:


If you plan on using your drone for professional photography, film production, wedding shoots, real estate shoots, etc you need to get a part 107 certification which is a bit of a cumbersome process but once done you could practically use your drone for all kinds of stuff without any hindrance.


FAA Drone Laws to adhere to :

  • Hold a Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the FAA to fly commercially.

  • Register your UAV with the FAA on the FAADroneZone website.

  • The UAV must weigh less than 55 pounds, including payload, at take-off.

  • Fly in Class G airspace.

  • Keep your UAV within visual line of sight.

  • Fly at or below 400 feet.

  • Fly at or under 100 mph.

  • Yield right of way to manned aircraft.

  • Fly from a moving vehicle, unless in a sparsely populated area.

Registering your drone:


It's pretty easy to register your drone you just need to pay a minimal fee of $5 and display your identification number on the exterior of your drone which can be done by a sticker or a marker.

Remember if your drone weighs less than 250gm you are exempted from registering your drone but you still have to adhere to the general drone flying rules.

Have fun and make money but within your limits:


Flying drones is fun but don't get carried away always use your common sense and never get crazy by flying your drone into crowded or restricted places the drone tracking technology is pretty advanced these days and you'll be caught in no time.

If you are doing your shoots at odd timings make sure you do not disturb the residents of that area respect community guidelines and it's better to take permission before shooting any particular community.

These small actions will help you get the most fun out of your drone instead of being tangled in legal issues so make sure you have your share of fun without spoiling others.

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