That’s right drone enthusiasts – the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules for commercial drones, which were announced in July of this year, are now in full effect. The rules, which govern how small commercial drones must be operated, can be summarized as follows:
- In order to fly and shoot with your camera-enabled drone commercially, you need to pass a test for a remote pilot certificate. When you’re good to go on that front, you’ll still need to keep your drone within your line of sight the entire time you’re flying – and that means using the naked eye. No binoculars!
- Unfortunately, these regulations only allow for daytime flights. However, there is a form of an exception – if your drone has anti-collision lighting built-in you can legally keep flying through the sky until 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. But be sure you don’t abuse this privilege.
- Your minimum weather visibility has to be 3 miles without exception. Don’t get too overzealous with your speed or height either, as you’ll only be able to fly your drone as fast as 100 mph and up to 400 feet above the ground or a structure.
As long as you’re operating your drone within these new guidelines, you should be able to zip around and snag some gorgeous aerial shots of whatever you please! For a complete list of the regulations, see the FAA website. If there’s any reason you need to get around any of these new rules, you can request a waiver on their site as well. Happy flying!