FAA Sets New Guidelines: Who Will Read Them?

By now you’ve heard or read that the FAA came out with its “much-anticipated” set of guidelines regarding proper drone usage in the United States. Everyone seems to be making sure you know that the document is over 600 pages long.

FAA seal
FAA seal

Are you going to read all that material? Of course not.

A few people will, and they, in turn, will tell us the important points we really need to know.

One of the points you probably already know is that the whole thing only applies to you if you fly a drone (quadcopter or other similar aircraft) that weighs over 55 pounds.

Personally, I only own two micro quads (Wallet Drones) that I can barely feel while holding one in the palm of my hand.

So I won’t be reading the official document, nor will I probably even wait for the summary that those few studious people will provide.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying this document is unimportant. It’s just that it’s not going to apply to everyone. And for those of us to whom it doesn’t apply, we (okay, I) couldn’t care less.

If someday I acquire one of the big boy drones, I’ll look up the details to see what I can and can’t do. By the time that day comes, the official rules will probably have changed several times over anyway.

Anyone else in the same boat quadcopter as me?

Register with the FAA by 1/20/16: Pay Up If You Don’t

The FAA Wants You to Take This As Seriously As They Do

Per an article I read at CNET, the Federal Aviation Administration has put in place a fairly significant rule (PDF) for hobby quadcopter / drone fliers.

Starting December 21, 2015, they want owners to register their drones at their site. There is a $5 registration fee, which will be refunded to those registering before January 20, 2016. Read more

Know Before You Fly Promotes Safety

Organization Encourages Responsible Flying

Know Before You Fly provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

That could be called the creed of the educational organization known as Know Before You Fly. The group was founded by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Read more