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You peer out your window with eyes barely open and the sun is just rising. The morning dew is evaporating and take in the comforting scent of bold coffee gently making its way to your room. As you finish your last sip, you grab your ultra portable DJI Mavic Pro that you rented from Lumoid and get ready to step outside to capture the stunning golden hour. As you’re about to step out, you realize you aren’t familiar with the recent drone rules and regulations. Not to worry, Lumoid has you covered!

To start off, if you are using a drone for recreation and not for commercial purposes and it weighs anywhere between 0.55-55 pounds, you must register as a drone operator. Registration is easy and for $5 you are registered as a drone operator for 3 years. All that is required to register is the following:

  • Email address
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)

Once you have registered, you then apply the registration code given to you by the FAA to your specific drone.

Depending on why you want to fly, the following table will outline the specific rules:

Fly for Fun Fly for Work
Pilot Requirements No pilot requirements Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate

Must be 16 years old

Must pass TSA vetting

Aircraft Requirements Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs Must be less than 55 lbs

Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs (online)

Location Requirements 5 miles from airports prior notification to airport and air traffic control Class G airspace*
Operating Rules Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft

Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual-line-of-sight)

UAS must be under 55 lbs

Must follow community-based safety guidelines

Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport

Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*

Must fly under 400 feet*

Must fly during the day*

Must fly at or below 100 mph*

Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*

Must NOT fly over people*

Must not fly from a moving vehicle*

Example Applications Educational or recreational flying only Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)

Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)

Legal or Regulatory Basis Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft

FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107

*These rules are subject to waiver

Flying drones can be an exhilarating experience. Whether you are photographing a vast landscape of snow capped mountains or surveying a corn field to identify areas of dry soil, flying drones comes with the responsibility of flying safe and by abiding by all the rules/regulations. So take out your drone and capture that amazing shot you’ve always been yearning for, but remember to follow all the rules that come with flying a drone!

Still not sure what drone you need? Check out the vast selection of drones at Lumoid to tailor your application of need. Ranging from drones with GoPros, to drones with built in 4K cameras, Lumoid has a variety of drones for different applications.

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