Everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before there would be those that took advantage of remote control drones to do dastardly deeds. The advantages and fun that many experienced were changed forever as new laws were established in 2015. The FAA has launched a drone registration site and everyone who previously owned an RC drone as well as new buyers need to comply with the registration requirements and the latest laws restricting height flying.
There are quite a few reasons for the new laws, the most notable has been the increased number that flew at heights that caused potential dangers with standard jets, which could have crashed and brought them down with loss of life. The other high priority reason includes the privacy factors and they encompass flying over and into restricted zones as well as private homes and businesses.
Registering all of your drones is an absolute requirement. If you fail to register them and are caught flying them, you are faced with criminal penalties of up to three years in jail or fines up to $250,000. In a majority of cases, local law authorities will handle the bulk of enforcing the law for the current time.
The definition of a ‘drone’ is very specific. It refers to the various flying devices that have onboard computers for control or are controlled remotely with handheld remotes, smartphones or computers. These devices can be stand alone or carry a number of additional devices, such as cameras.
If you have complied with the registration process for all of your drones, carry the certificate with you that will be sent and put registration numbers on each drone, the only other major rule/law is in regards to how high you can fly them. The new law dictates that you cannot fly your drone above the four hundred foot mark. This is about the height of a thirty to forty story building. You are not to let you drone out of your eyesight and are forbidden to fly near airports, stadiums and other populated areas as well as restricted areas such as government facilities.