What Drone Operators Ought to Know

Due to rampant incidents of hobby drones being flown over restricted airspace, thus endangering other aircraft and hampering emergency responders during wildfires and other – concerned groups are calling for drone flyers to revisit existing FAA rules and regulations. Others, like lawmakers, have been passing bills that aim to limit, or penalize erring drone operators.

Each and every drone flyer has the responsibility to observe safety in flying their unmanned aerial aircraft, and abide by the rules and regulations issued by the FAA, but some drone owners are so eager to go ahead and fly without doing so, thus endangering lives, properties, and causing nuisance in the skies.

Among some of the rules included in the drone etiquette created by several industry groups and the Federal Aviation Administration that drone operators, including drone enthusiasts who provide aerial photography services.  need to follow, as quoted by The Press Enterprise from “Know Before You Fly” –
• Fly no higher than 400feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
• Keep your drone in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
• Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
• Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from people and vulnerable property.

Likewise, the article above says that with the proliferation of drones, legislators in both Sacramento and Washington are trying to adopt laws and rules to govern activities. A number of bills have been introduced already. Some would determine how closely drones can hover near homes and other structures. Some call for penalties for flying into active police and fire scenes. Others would allow first responders to knock drones out of the sky. One includes a call for “geofencing” technology – software that would program drones to turn around when approaching restricted flying areas. – Read more at:

On Aug. 4, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, an umbrella group for transportation unions, urged the FAA to slow commercial drone application approvals until it could develop “enforceable safety rules.” The FAA is drafting separate regulations for small commercial drones. While it finalizes the rule, it has approved more than 1,000 applications to fly drones for business under a waiver program. – Read more at:

Drones have become much sought-after high-tech gadgets not only for the sheer delight they bring to diehards, but for their increasing benefits to humanity, such as in search-and-rescue operations. It is hoped that those who fly drones without due regard to safety and precaution realize they are putting the fledgling industry in jeopardy as well.


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