What makes this a bit concerning isn’t the government’s failure to keep up with the times but its obvious need to tax it. That means fees for classes, licenses and the right to your piece of the airspace. The federal government is in the process of, as we speak, developing the regulations to be placed on small businesses.
Current Regulations in Laymen’s Terms:
Specifically for small UAS drone aircraft.
- Must be under 55lbs
- Must fly under 400ft
- Must fly in line of sight
- Cannot fly near airports or stadiums
- Cannot make money off your footage or images
Excerpt from NC Senate Bill 744 – scroll down
A great source for current regulations:
With the proliferation of UAS or drones, there will be a definite increase in the amount hitting the skies. I know this because I own one of the most popular out there, Dji Phantom 2 with H4-3D gimbal for a GoPro. This thing is amazing and the quality of video was enough for me to add it to my arsenal…right before my trip to Alaska last summer. It was delivered the day before we were to leave and added that joker to the list of bags to bring. I made sure I bought the custom hard case from HPRC and strap to keep everything intact. We made it fine and it did to. The day after we arrived I finally had time to practice flying, granted in Fairbanks Alaska. Below is my first flight.
Obviously there is a learning curve that I took for granted. And the fun doesn’t end there. While flying downtown Fairbanks and under pressure to perform, I ran into another tree next to the Chena River and shot the copter straight into a parked car and smashed the windshield. CRAZY! After about 15 min of devising a plan to inform the owner of my failure in flight, she arrived back to her car. Her first thoughts about us approaching her was that she was in trouble for parking illegally…nope I smashed your windshield (I should have use the illegal parking job in mt defense…). After months of back and forth I am a proud new owner of a 2009 VW Jetta windshield. Proof below.
Please check out my Alaska images in my portfolio. At least all was not lost. Long story short, drone photography can be dangerous and the pilot needs hours of practice to be comfortable behind the controls.