Frequently Asked Questions:
Here are some general FAQ about UAS/drones, for further questions please get in touch with our expert Dynnex Drone team today! firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a UAS/drones?
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, are aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground.
How do UAS/drones typically operate?
UAS/drone flights are typically short in duration and flown at low altitudes in order to gather only the desired images or information related to a specific topics or property. Most UAS/drones fall into what is referred to as the micro UAS category, which means the UAS/drone weighs 4.4 pounds or less.
What are UAS/drones used for?
UAS/drones are frequently known for their two main military purposes – those used for reconnaissance and surveillance and those that are armed with missiles and bombs. However, the use of small drones is becoming more main-stream for non-military purposes. Some non-military applications of drones equipped with video or photography capabilities include journalism, amateur and professional photography, agricultural surveys, real estate, remote area security, and local law enforcement (with possibilities for assistance in drug busts, hostage situations, fire and other rescue operations, and more).
UAS/drones are expensive is there any finance options available to make it easier to purchase?
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Why is this FAA necessary?
UAS/Drones have many practical uses in both the private and public sector, the FAA’s main concerns are privacy and safety of the public people. As drone use becomes more common, the FAA plans to release new regulations for the commercial use of drones in the National Airspace (400 feet and above), and later for the use of small drones below the National Airspace. The legislation plans on legally defining what constitutes an unmanned aircraft, establish the crime of criminal use of an unmanned aircraft, and set up standards for the use of unmanned aircrafts by law enforcement agencies.
Do I need permission from the FAA to fly a UAS/drone for recreation or hobby?
No, but your unmanned aircraft must be registered if it weighs more than 0.55 lbs
What is the definition of recreational or hobby use of a UAS/drone?
Recreational or hobby UAS/drone use is flying for enjoyment and not for work, business purposes, or for compensation of hire. In the FAA's Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, the FAA relied on the ordinary, dictionary definition of these terms. UAS/drone use for hobby is a "pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.
Why do I need to register my UAS/drone?
Federal law requires that all aircraft (which includes UAS and radio/remote controlled aircraft) flown outdoors must be registered with the FAA and marked with a registration number. UAS/drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds may register online at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/ or by using the paper based registration process.
Do I have to register every aircraft I own?
No. Recreational operators only need to register once. Once you receive a FAA registration number you can put that same number on all of the aircraft you own that meet the weight requirement.
If I'm just flying my UAS/drone inside a building, or in my own yard, do I have to register it?
If you're flying indoors, you do not need to register your UAS/drone, as the FAA does not regulate indoor UAS/drone use. However, when flying in your own yard or over your own property, you will need to register your UAS/drone if the UAS/drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds.
Do I always have to have my Certificate of Aircraft Registration with me while flying my UAS/drone?
Yes. You must have the FAA registration certificate in your possession when operating an unmanned aircraft. If another person operates your UAS/drone, they must have the UAS/drone registration certificate in their possession. Federal law requires UAS/drone operators to show the certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked. You can show it electronically or show the printed certificate.
How do I know where it is OK to fly and where it is not OK to fly?
The FAA has developed a smartphone app called B4UFLY to help recreational UAS/drone operators know whether there are any restrictions or requirements where they want to fly.
Can I fly a model aircraft or UAS/drone over a stadium or sporting events for hobby or recreation?
No. Federal law restricts UAS/drone from flying at or below 3,000 AGL within a 3 nautical mile radius of any stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people during a Major League Baseball (MLB), regular or post-season National Football League (NFL), or NCAA Division I football game, and any major motor speedway event.
Is insurance available for UAS/drone operators?
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If my UAS/drone is destroyed or is sold, lost, or transferred, do I need to do anything?
- If you registered your UAS/drone under the paper-based registration process, you should cancel your registration.
- If you registered your UAS/drone under the web-based registration process, the FAA recommends that you remove your registration number from the UAS/drone before relinquishing it in accordance with a sale or transfer. In the future, we expect the web-based registration system to allow UAS/drone owners to cancel a registration on-line.
Who do I contact with registration questions or problems?
You may email registration questions to UASregistration@faa.gov. Live phone support is also available at (877) 396-4636 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
When do I need to report an accident?
The remote pilot in command of the small UAS/drones is required to report an accident to the FAA within 10 days if it results in at least serious injury to any person or any loss of consciousness, or if it causes damage to any property (other than the UAS/drone) in excess of $500 to repair or replace the property (whichever is lower).
Interested in learning more?
The FAA’s website is a great official resource for UAS/drone information, rules and regulations - www.faa.gov/uas/
Basic rules of flight to follow after purchasing your UAS/drone, please check for official rules at the FAA webpage here - www.faa.gov/uas/
- Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
- Keep your UAS/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 individuals and vulnerable property.
- Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport. (Read about best practices here)
- Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
- Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the UAS/drone.
- Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
- Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
- Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
NOTE: Users of commercial and recreational UAS/drones should be aware that in remote, rural and agricultural areas, manned aircraft, including fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, may be operating very close to ground level. Pilots conducting agricultural, firefighting, law enforcement, emergency medical, wildlife survey operations and a variety of other services all legally and routinely work in low-level airspace. Operators controlling UAS/drones in these areas should maintain situational awareness, give way to, and remain a safe distance from these low-level, manned airplanes and helicopters.