Drones, drones, drones. You hear about them almost everywhere now. From drones delivering pizzas, to drones mating with birds (That was a joke, but imagine?), the drone takeover is clearly underway. But with fun comes the inevitable responsibility, or as they’re formally called, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). You must’ve heard by now, but the FAA are really trying to crack down on our drone flying activity, making sure our drone adventures are safe (Don’t drink and drone, peeps!)
Confirmed regulations, denied regulations and so-so regulations have been reported by multiple outlets these passed months. So, exactly what has the FAA set in stone? Here are the five things you need to know regarding the love/hate relationship the FAA has with drones. So stop scoping multiple articles, and get the drone 411 from your drone buddies. We’ve got your back!
1. You have to be certified to fly a drone, if you’re flying for a private company
No need for a drone license just yet! One of the biggest rumors floating in the rumor mill is that you must be certified to fly a drone. That is only partially true- you’ll need to be over 17 years of age, and pass what they call “aeronautical knowledge” test to obtain an FAA-approved drone license. This, however, is only if you’re flying for a private company.
2. Drone pilots can’t fly too far
Drone pilots must sport aviator glasses and patches on a leather jacket. Okay, so we may have made that up, but hey, Top Gun can be inspirational. In reality, drone pilots will not be allowed to fly drones beyond their line of sight. Drone pilots need to be wary of how far they fly.
3. Drone deliveries may not happen…for now
Dreaming about a pizza drone delivery system that doesn’t require you to tip? Well, keep dreaming, cause though that sounds great, it’s not likely going to happen anytime soon. Since drones cannot be piloted too far, delivery systems such as the proposed Amazon Prime will not come into effect until the FAA amends this regulation. Amazon is fighting hard for this one; but for now, if pilots can’t fly that far, than personally deliveries just ain’t gonna happen.
4. Drone deliveries may be out, but other businesses are so in
Though Amazon Prime is left out of the drone loop, other businesses can still make use of drones. Construction businesses for example can use drones to inspect their process, as well as journalists who can use drones to capture the latest news. People are getting really creative with their drone usage, so don’t freak out if you see a drone used for work.
5. For the average drone-loving Joe
Though the FAA is regulating on the big dogs, their likely going to try to regulate personal drones. So far, there aren’t actual regulations for personal drones, but we recommend you be smart about your drone flying. That means not putting people in harm’s way, or filming anything you know you shouldn’t film. With power comes responsibility, so don’t ruin the fun for the rest of us.