weekly drone myth – they won’t interfere with air traffic

It’s a big blue sky and it’s just a small object. Why would there be restrictions on where a drone can be flown? If you have been in aviation long or even remember the Miracle on the Hudson, you know it is fairly rare but collisions do happen; with birds, other aircraft and even buildings not to mention the ground.  The goal of the FAA and the focus of their regulations on drones in airspace is to keep aircraft from running into stuff. Is it likely a drone will take down another aircraft or fail in flight and severely damage property? Not likely, but not impossible.

drone myth – Drones won’t interfere with air traffic. 

The AOPA has a great article out this week about this exact topic; where drones can fly and how to contact local authorities for authorization (remember, you must be a licensed pilot to request authorization). It’s not enough to own or have permission of the property owner in order to conduct flight operations on your project.  Or if you are hiring a professional, make sure they have the information on the airspace of your location.

(The FAA just released new maps on where and what altitude drones are allowed to operate in. Some locations may still need prior authorization.)

drone operators

Know your airspace. Educate your client or company that you may not always be able to get the shot that is in a restricted space using a drone. Understand how and when to apply for waivers or authorization. The regulations are changing quickly as the technology is advancing. Monitor the FAA web site UAS area and get to know your local FISDO office. If you want to succeed, know the rules and regulations first. The sky is the limit!

Photo of a plane on a runway by Aerial Innovations of TN.

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