What Are Some FAA Regulations for Drones?


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Some FAA regulations for drones, or any unmanned aircraft, include avoiding stadiums, airports and people while flying the drone, the FAA states. These regulations apply to drones and model aircraft used for recreational purposes only.

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People operating unmanned aircraft need to maintain an altitude of 400 feet or lower, the FAA explains. Pilots need to avoid obstacles in the air at all times. Drones are required to be in the pilot's direct visual line, and to yield to any manned aircraft operations.

Drones are banned from flying within 5 miles of any airport without explicit permission from that airport's control tower, the FAA adds. Any unmanned aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds is banned from use. Government agencies have fines associated with recklessly flying drones. Any unmanned aircraft needs to be flown away from people or other aircraft to avoid dangerous collisions.

Drone photography is acceptable as long as the pilot is using the photographs for recreational purposes. A pilot who makes a profit from photographs is considered a non-recreational user. To use a drone for business purposes, pilots apply for a Special Airworthiness Certificate that takes up to a year to complete. News agencies need to apply for authorization from the FAA to use drones to take photographs or images for news stories. A Certificate of Waiver or Authorization grants anyone use of a drone for non-recreational purposes in a specific block of airspace for a limited time.

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