Excerpt from http://www.flyrdm.com/?Drone-InformationRegulations (February 16, 2018).
Drones present a huge safety problem to airports and can cause untold damage and even loss of life. Over 1 million drones were sold last year. This year even more are expected to be sold and there will be a lot of people flying without the proper information. Our goal is to get this information shared as widely as possible to prevent accidents.
Here is a link to a professionally illustrated guide to make sure drone flyers know the laws: http://3dinsider.com/drone-safety/
Additional FAA regulations for drone pilots operating in close proximity of an airport are as follows:
- Know your risk and liability
- Fly at or below 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible
- Keep your UAS within visual line-of-sight at all times and use an observer to assist if needed
- Be aware of airspace requirements and ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
- Never fly near other aircraft (including other UAS and Hot Air Balloons)
- Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires, traffic accidents, etc.
- Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property
- Do not fly under the influence or in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility
- Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
- Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property
- Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission
Flying a UAS during a Wildfire is extremely dangerous. The FAA puts Temporary Flight Restrictions, or TFRs, in place above wildfires and other hazardous conditions to allow first responders to do their jobs unimpeded and without danger to their aerial support. There should be no traffic within the boundaries of a TFR – manned or unmanned – except for those supporting the operations. Violating the TFR may endanger the safety of the operation, and in some cases, may ground search and rescue crews until the airspace is cleared, allowing the wildfire to spread. Before taking your UAS out for a flight, it is extremely important to check with the FAA to ensure that there are no TFRs in your area.
The FAA states: “UAS Operators (both recreational and commercial) have a social responsibility to fly safely and intelligently. We will take action against anyone who operates irresponsibly to the full extent of the law.” Under current rules, reckless or irresponsible UAS Operators can face civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
For more information on operating UAS (Drones) visit:
Download the FAA's Smartphone safety application B4UFLY which provides real-time information about airspace restrictions and other flying requirements based on your GPS location.