Up To Date Drone Laws
Over the years, quadcopters, or drones, have become more and more popular, however they have also become more of a taboo as they become old news. They do, however have a very useful purpose to people. They enable us to see from a bird’s eye view, allowing for a more knowledgeable view of an area. All of the laws that are associated with quadcopters can make the whole situation of flying one seem scary; the owners are liable if the drones hurt anyone, and they can not be flown over 400 feet with or without a license.
“I don’t really care about the laws right now, because who is enforcing them?” Erick Alvarez ‘17 said. “If I was a park ranger, I would think that people flying quadcopters was pretty dangerous. I would at least make sure they had the proper licenses if one is needed at all.”
The FAA says that a UAS [Unmanned Aircraft System] is considered a “toy” if it weighs less than 0.55 pounds, however, many quadcopters that weigh less than 0.55 pounds are capable of filming video and live streaming.