Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave instructions on how to set up a community-based group that the FAA will recognize for recreational drone flying, so-called FRIA.
Recreational drone flyers are required by federal law to adhere to the safety criteria established by a community-based group that the FAA recognizes.
It is needed that the organization produces its own safety rules in collaboration with the FAA, and an application may desire to customize these to a specific kind of unmanned aircraft. The organization is expected to develop its own safety guidelines.
In its advice document, Advisory Circular 91-57C, the FAA offers applicants a full list of suggested safety principles that they may consider in their application.
The amended advice now includes information on how to apply for recreational flying fixed sites and criteria for educational usage and holding sponsored events.
What is a FRIA?
Here’s the definition from the FAA:
A FRIA is a defined geographic area where drones can be flown without Remote ID equipment. Both the drone and the pilot must be located within the FRIA’s boundaries throughout the operation. In addition, the pilot of the drone must be able to see it at all times throughout the duration of the flight.
Note: It is not allowed to deactivate or turn off a drone equipped with Standard Remote ID while in the air inside a FRIA.
You can find FAA-approved FRIA locations here.
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