Drone Regulations: What has Changed
Drones have become very popular within the last year. One thing that has changed recently, which is unknown to many drone owners, is that the FAA, or the Federal Aviation Administration, has made new regulations that need to be followed in order to legally fly your drone.
“The FAA decided to make more rules about flying drones because of the publicity they were getting and because people were flying drones to close to aircrafts and the white house,” Mitch Swecker, the director for the Department Of Aviation said. “Rules were made in 2012 because the FAA had to establish rules for the airspace for planes and to land and for takeoff.”
One of the changes is the fact that drones that are above the beginner level now need to be registered. Most of the changes include rules on regulations of flying the drone.
“These rules with drones will be safer for the people and the government because the FAA thinks the drone pilots will be more responsible for themselves and for their drone,” Swecker said.
These new changes include the fact that they need to fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles, keeping the aircraft in the flyers line of sight at all times, not flying within five miles of an airport unless having contact with the airport before hand, not flying near people or stadiums, and to not be careless or reckless with an unmanned aircraft. If the flyer does these then they could be fined for endangering people or another aircraft.
“Also the FAA and the government can track down the drone if they are not flown safely, and the requirement is if you are not being safe with your drone you will have to take a test,” Swecker said. “The test is meant to demonstrate to the government and the FAA that the drone pilot is now safely flying the drone around themselves and others.”