With the holiday's approaching and drone sales expected to exceed over 400,000 this season, the FAA has released a pre-flight checklist for drone safety. With drone registration on the horizon, the administration has been reaching out to operators over the past few months on the importance of knowing their airspace requirements and safety guidelines. Their “I Fly Safe” program recently released a quick guide in PDF format to help those unfamiliar with flying a drone.
According to the FAA, “when you fly your drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system. Under the law, your drone is an aircraft. So while the rules for drones may be different, you have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does.” Know these safety tips when flying your newly unwrapped drone this year.
FAA Safety Tips:
- Fly below 400ft
- Fly within visual line of site
- Be aware of FAA airspace requirements
- Never fly over groups of people
- Never fly over stadiums or sporting events
- Never fly within 5 miles of an airport without permission
- Never fly near emergency response efforts
- Never fly near other aircraft
- Never fly under the the influence