You would think that with all the popularity drones have been gaining, the US government would have set a number of regulations governing the use of drones in the US. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the overprotective agency responsible for governing our airspace. As such, they are responsible for the slow release of regulations governing the use of drones.
While there may not be as many as we would like to think, there are still a few laws in place governing domestic drone use. Here is a closer look at a few of them.
Personal Use Is Allowed
If you own your own little drone, known as an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), you are free to fly your little drone virtually anywhere. However, certain rules do apply on the use of your drone.
- Keep Your Drone in Sight – Possibly the most important rule for using a personal drone is that it must, at all times, be in your sight. You need to ensure you can see your drone at all times, setting in motion rule number 2.
- We Need to See the Drone Is Yours – Other than just seeing your drone, other people need to be able to see your drone with you. If you have your drone out in the street, other people need to see it’s yours.
- It Stays Under 400 Feet – You cannot fly your UAS, or “model aircraft,” over 400 feet above the surface. This ensures you don’t clash with other potential commercial or private aircrafts.
- Keep It Away From Sensitive Areas – Places where you need to keep quiet, such as hospitals, around schools and near churches, it’s recommended you don’t fly your drone in such areas.
Commercial Use Is Still Confusing
While businesses can still use “model aircrafts,” there are still a number of confusing rules surrounding it. For example, if you use a drone to take pictures of a home you want to sell, it’s apparently illegal. Only 6 movie companies in the US are currently allowed to fly commercial drones.
However, if a company offers “free” drone services, then it’s free. They make up the costs by increasing other service charges. As you can see, their overprotective nature is hurting American companies. It’s easier and more profitable if they simply set a few rules in place.
Evidently, there still aren’t many laws governing the use of drones in the US but you can rest easy knowing there are still some in place. Of course, you can thank people such as Raphael Pirker for making the FAA more aware of the need for drone laws. For now, most commercial uses of drones aren’t allowed but at least personal use is.