If you were lucky enough to get an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as a gift this year, then you’ll need to know the new rules for unmanned flight.
In a nutshell, users will want to keep their flying bots below 400 feet and in sight at all times. Keep them from flying near obstacles and people, and stay away from airports, government building and critical infrastructure (such as power plants and water treatment facilities) altogether. Don’t fly drunk, either! Basically: use common sense.
A new education campaign was launched on Dec. 22 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, called Know Before You Fly. The campaign Website provides more detail on all the rules, for both recreational and business UAV users.
“AMA’s members have been flying model aircraft safely for nearly 80 years, and we want to take this opportunity to share our expertise with people who are new to the technology,” said Bob Brown, President of AMA. “Our 175,000 members are intimately familiar with our safety code, which we take very seriously, but not everyone who buys an unmanned aircraft knows what he or she should and should not do. Flying model aircraft is a fun and educational experience. We want to ensure it’s done as safely as possible.”
In addition to the Know Before You Fly Website, there’s also the video below, which highlights the most important aspects of the new regulations.