Everyone knows that there are fireworks, big crowds, celebrations, events, and so on to ring in the New Year. As we do this, new drone owners may think it is the perfect time to get some good footage. While I agree that it would be excellent footage, legally you run the risk of breaking several established FAA rules and guidelines as it pertains to Drones.
To be clear, you do not need a Remote Pilot's License to operate a UAV solely for recreational purposes. You do need Ken if you are going to operate it for commercial purposes (aka you are getting paid for your services with a drone.) The caveat to this statement being that the recreational flyer still has to know the rules of the road. Or in this case, the rules that the FAA put into place to govern our National Airspace. Remember, a drone that is over 0.55 lb is considered the same as a 747 in the eyes of the FAA. This is why the Part 107 exam is so rigorous. Understandably, the FAA does not want anyone who purchased a drone to just charge the battery and start flying.
Here is a quick list of items you should make yourself knowledgeable in, regardless of whether you plan on taking the Part 107 exam:
Classifications of Airspace
Temporary Flight Restrictions
Notice to Airmen
Effects of weather on your drone
Crew Resource Management
Rules & Regulations of National Airspace
Do not exceed 400 ft. Above Ground Level (Note that helicopters can travel at an altitude of 300 ft. and can appear quickly. It is best to keep your altitude to 300 ft)
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