FAA Part 107 has made it even easier to Fly
Legally in the USA under 14 CFR Part 107. It's what we have all been
FAA Automatically Grants "blanket" COA'S -
As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically
grant "blanket" COA's for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS
operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less
than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the
pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports.
FAA Grants UAV Permits for Agriculture & Real Estate Companies -
The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, the FAA issued exceptions
to the commercial UAV ban, permitting the monitoring of crops and real
estate use for aerial photographs of properties for sale. This is the
first time permits have been granted to agriculture and real estate
Deploys the RDASS Q1000 UAV -
HSE announces the deployment of the
new RDASS Q1000 4 rotor electric UAV. The RDASS Q1000 series is
designed to meet the hi-tech needs of the user at a price to meet any
city or county budget.
Chief Will Johnson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration
has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the police
UAV drone project.
Supreme Court & The
4th Amendment - The US
Supreme Court has held that individuals do not generally have
Fourth Amendment rights with respect to aerial surveillance. Can the
lower courts or State, county, city municipalities outlaw the use of
UAV's for law enforcement?
UAV FAA Regulations
- For more
than five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and
aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).
1. PURPOSE. This advisory circular (AC) provides
guidance to persons operating Unmanned Aircraft (UA) for hobby or
recreation purposes meeting the statutory definition of “model aircraft”
contained in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and
Reform Act of 2012. This AC describes means by which model aircraft may
be operated safely in the National Airspace System (NAS). Nothing in
this AC changes the requirement to comply with the statute or any
2. APPLICABILITY. This AC provides information for
any person who engages in model aircraft operations using model aircraft
as defined by statute. (See paragraph 6.)
3. REFERENCES. Title 49 U.S.C. § 40101; P.L. 112-95
(126 Stat. 77 et seq.).
4. RELATED MATERIAL (current editions).
Subtitle VII of Title 49, United States Code
Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations
5. CANCELLATION. AC 91-57, Model Aircraft Operating
Standards, dated June 9, 1981, is cancelled.
6. MODEL AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.
(1) 49 USC § 40102 defines an aircraft as
“any contrivance invented, used, or designed to navigate, or fly in, the
air.” 14 CFR § 1.1 defines an aircraft as “a device that is used or
intended to be used for flight in the air.” AC 91-57A September 2, 2015
(2) Public Law 112-95 defines unmanned
aircraft as an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of
direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
(3) Section 336 of P.L. 112-95 defines a model
aircraft as an unmanned aircraft that is capable of sustained flight in
the atmosphere, flown within visual line of sight of the person
operating the aircraft, and flown only for hobby or recreational
b. Model Aircraft Hazards in the NAS. While
aero-modelers generally are concerned about safety and exercise good
judgment when flying model aircraft for the hobby and recreational
purposes for which they are intended, they may share the airspace in
which manned aircraft are operating. Unmanned aircraft, including model
aircraft, may pose a hazard to manned aircraft in flight and to persons
and property on the surface if not operated safely. Model aircraft
operations that endanger the safety of the National Airspace System,
particularly careless or reckless operations or those that interfere
with or fail to give way to any manned aircraft may be subject to FAA
c. Determination of “Model Aircraft” Status.
Whether a given unmanned aircraft operation may be considered a “model
aircraft operation” is determined with reference to section 336 of
Public Law 112-95:
(1) The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby
or recreational use;
(2) The aircraft operates in accordance with a
community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a
nationwide community-based organization (CBO);
(3) The aircraft is limited to not more than
55 pounds, unless otherwise certified through a design, construction,
inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by
(4) The aircraft operates in a manner that
does not interfere with, and gives way to, any manned aircraft; and
(5) When flown within 5 miles of an airport,
the operator of the model aircraft provides the airport operator or the
airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is
located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. Model
aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an
airport should establish a mutually agreed upon operating procedure with
the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an
air traffic facility is located at the airport).
d. Public Law 112-95 recognizes the authority of
the Administrator to pursue enforcement action against persons operating
model aircraft who endanger the safety of the National Airspace System.
Accordingly, model aircraft operators must comply with any Temporary
Flight Restrictions (TFR). TFRs are issued over specific locations due
to disasters, or for reasons of national security; or when determined
necessary for the management of air traffic in the vicinity of aerial
demonstrations or major sporting events. Do not operate model aircraft
in designated areas until the TFR is no longer in force. Model aircraft
must not operate in Prohibited Areas, Special Flight Rule Areas or, the
Washington National Capital Region Flight Restricted Zone, without
specific authorization. Such areas are depicted on charts available at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/.
Additionally, model aircraft operators should be
aware of other Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) which address operations near
locations such as military or other federal facilities, certain
stadiums, power plants, electric substations, dams, oil refineries,
national parks, emergency, services and other industrial complexes. In
addition to the previously mentioned link, information regarding
published NOTAMS can be found at:
The requirement to not fly within TFRs, or other
circumstances where prohibited, would apply to operation of model
aircraft that would otherwise comply with section 336 of Public Law
e. Model aircraft operators should follow best
practices including limiting operations to 400 feet above ground level (AGL).
f. All other operators and for additional
information on Unmanned Aircraft Systems please visit: http://www.faa.gov/uas/
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