Published date:July 06, 2016
Last updated date:July 06, 2016
By Manny Manriquez
Training and LicensingNot just anyone can grab a drone and start photographing land for sale. Drone operators must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with that rating. To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, an individual must either pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center or have an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. Those with existing certificates must have completed a flight review within the past two years and also must take an online drone operation course via the FAA. Security background checks via the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will also be conducted before a license is issued. Interestingly, the FAA rules currently require no minimum insurance coverage for potential damage to persons or property.
State Laws and PrivacyThe FAA also has issued no declarations on privacy concerns. In other words, is it legal for an operator to fly a drone over the property of another person without their permission? Currently, the answer appears to be “yes.” A number of states are currently beginning to address these concerns in their individual legislatures, so the legalities of drone flights over the property of others may vary from state-to-state until it's addressed on a federal level. The new rules for commercial drone operation go into effect in late August of 2016. Source: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf More Info (Video): http://nbc4i.com/2016/06/21/owners-can-now-fly-small-drones-without-special-permission-from-faa/
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