How to avoid the wrath of the FAA, according to 51 Drones
Russ says that in a nutshell, it all comes down to preparation. I would recommend watching the entire video as he lays it out very clearly. If you're short on time, however, here are the main points.
- Register your drone weighing over 250 grams with the FAA.
- Recreational pilots register once for all their drones weighing 250 grams of more
- Part 107 pilots register every single drone weighing less than 55 pounds individually, even if they weigh less than 250 grams.
- Use a pre-flight checklist
- Identifying info
- Date, time, location of the flight
- Drone information
- Check weather
- Flight purpose (recreational or commercial)
- Check airspace (get LAANC authorization if needed)
- Inspect drone
- Check firmware
- Calibrate compass or IMU if prompted
- Set RTH altitude over the highest obstacle in the flying area
- Check the airspace with B4UFLY, Kittyhawk apps and apply for LAANC authorization if needed
- Follow the FAA drone rules
- Keep your drone within visual line of sight
- Don't fly over 400′ altitude above ground level (AGL)
- Don't fly over people
- Don't fly over emergencies
- Give way to manned aviation and don't fly near airports, helipads, etc. (DroneXL added this to the list).
- Don't fly at night unless you have a waiver (DroneXL added this to the list).
- Check the FAA drone rules.
- Don't post any questionable drone videos online. Read this article if you don't understand why.
- Make sure to have a Part 107 certificate if you monetize your drone videos or otherwise use your aerial videos to further your business.
- Where you fly from?
- Fly from public property if possible as landowners can prevent you from taking off and landing your drone from private property.
- Be professional and cordial when communicating with the FAA
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