Did Your Holiday Include a Drone?

Whether you are giving or receiving a drone (Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)) during this holiday season there are some regulations that may just keep you off the “Naughty List.”

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has worked diligently to make it easy for the consumer (that’s you) to understand the drone requirements, and to maintain aviation safety.  Drones are easy to purchase, bring home, charge the battery and go flying.  However, knowing how to manage your drone in a critical situation requires practice, and knowing where you can fly requires an understanding of regulations. Register for the FlyAerodrome Part 107 course online to learn more.

To be compliant with FAA requirements, drones weighing between .55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg) must be registered.  This can be accomplished using the convenient FAA online portal Register My UAS  The task will take you less than 30 minutes.  The FAA has also provided a You Tube Video related to registration and safety FAA Video Link.

Your next decision  is to determine if you will using   your drone as a hobbyist or for commercial purposes.  One is for fun, the other for money and the two don’t cross paths in the eyes of the FAA. 

If you are going to be a hobby flier it is recommended that you review the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) website. Strongly consider joining the AMA.   Members of the AMA are entitled to benefits that can be found on the AMA Website.

If your mission is to use your drone for commercial use, then you will need to become an FAA Certificated Remote Pilot.  On August 29, 2016, the FAA Part 107 regulations became effective., This regulation  establishes  requirements for the person flying an unmanned aircraft or drone to have specific knowledge related to airspace, weather, charts, pre/post flight planning, maintenance and more.  To test your knowledge and qualify you for a pilot’s certificate you must pass a 60 question multiple-choice type examination.

Companies like Aerodrome have launched online courses to prepare you to take the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) knowledge test administered at authorized testing sites throughout the United States.  Specific requirements can be found at FAA Website.  Details about the Aerodrome Part 107 Test Preparation Online Course can be found at FlyAerodrome.

The entire article from the FAA including the link to the registration and safety video can be found using this link FAA News & Updates.

Happy and Safe Flying to both Hobby and Commercial Users!

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