​Drones -  also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - are gaining popularity for both recreational and commercial use. Beginners can use drones to race, take overhead pictures or just have fun. Experts can fly them for real estate photography, surveying agriculture, public safety and construction, among other industries.

They seem to be everywhere, in both conversation and day-to-day life. Amazon is using them to deliver packages. We’re giving them to our children as toys. They’re becoming the replacement for model airplanes for hobbyists.

Drones are becoming one of the biggest trending items out there.

At the end of last year, a new law regarding drones was placed into effect and adds a few new regulations. It’s important to know the rules and regulations because the penalties can be not only civil penalties, but criminal as well.

  • Cannot operate a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Always fly below an altitude of 400 feet, and fly within your direct line of sight.
  • Be aware of FAA airspace requirements.
  • Do not fly near stadiums, public events, or directly over people.
  • Do not fly near aircraft, especially near airports.
  • Do not fly near emergency response efforts such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts.
  • Do not fly for compensation (unless you are certified & licensed to do so)
  • Do not fly at night.
  • Do not fly a UAS/drone that weighs more than 55 pounds.

For commercial users, there are even more regulations, including:

  • The person operating a small UAS must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of a person who does hold a remote pilot certificate (remote pilot in command).
  • Must register their aircraft if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds.

More information about drone laws:

Shopping for drones? Drone Enthusiast has compiled a list of the Top 25 Drones for kids: www.dronethusiast.com/12-drones-for-kids/


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