This video from Gresco UAS provides an overview of the regulations on UAS operations:
Now that you have decided to start a UAS program, it is crucial to understand the regulations that will affect your operations. The list below is designed to help you think through the important regulatory issues surrounding drones.
Every pilot must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate - Pilots must pass the FAA Part 107 knowledge exam and a background check. After this, they will be allowed to operate drones for commercial purposes.
Common Regulatory Questions
What is the maximum altitude I can fly? 400' AGL (Above Ground Level)
Can I operate a drone at night? No, daytime operations only
Can I fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)? No, you can only operate within visual line of sight
Are there any exceptions? It is possible in some circumstances to have these regulations waiver by applying for an FAA waiver
Some Key Part 107 Regulations
- Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds
- Visual line-of-sight only, aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls
- Unmanned aircraft may not be flown over people not directly involved in flight operations
- Daylight operations only
- Must yield right of way to other aircraft
Pilots should also ensure that they have very high airspace understanding and awareness. Understanding airspace, regulations, and where to fly are key for the safety of your crew and manned aircraft in the area.
Gresco is here to support you through training: Check it out here: Gresco UAS Ground School
Please note that this list is to provide an overview, and does not represent every regulation enforced by the FAA. Please always check with the FAA on full regulations. A Part 107 Summary can be found here.