New FAA drone regulation

So as i’m Sure you all are aware, drone regulation is a big topic in aviation right now, but new regulations are going to go into affect soon, so buckle up, because the changes especially for hobbiests are pretty drastic. Under the 2012 version of there regulations the FAA could not regulate hobbiests, so all the “laws” like 400 ft, and line of sight we’re more recommendations, now they could still sort of enforce them, especially when it created a softer hazard, but more or less you were free, that is about to change. They are now authorized to regulate anyone regardless of age, size of drone/unmanned vehicle, anything, if you’re in US airspace they can regulate you. So may of those regulations will probably be laws soon. Sum what more importantly they are also supposed to create a test now, that anyone flying somewhere in US airspace has to take, not just commercial operators anymore…

There’s a lot more too it, some of that is outlined here, and some of it is not yet known, but what do you think? I would lean towards more regulations, this is certainly a privilege, and real lives are at stake sometimes…


I think this could be moved to #real-world-aviation. 🤷‍♂️


I was wondering, ya, let’s try it…


Think the regs need be more strict


Ya, well, being able to enforce them, and actually have local law enforcement be able to enforce them is a big step I think…

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I think drones should definitely be restricted more. They can so easily be sucked into an engine, which can cause a crash if the aircraft can’t handle it. I’m the kinda guy who would get a shotgun and shoot a drone over my property lol


I think there needs be required training to operate one, not just a written but class time. They’re so dangerous.


I always wondered if it would be interesting if airports implemented CIWS like used on ships, just maybe with rubber bullets to take down drones. That would probably work but its kind of dangerous.

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I used my home airport KLVN as an example. The Phalanx CIWS [Fig 1.] has a range of like 1-5 Miles. If placed in the middle of an airfield it has a pretty good coverage area.

Electronic warfare is also an option. In the end, I think my methods are a bit too radical but effective. Also, the CIWS doesn’t know how to differentiate between friend and foe, so that might result in some poor guys Cessna going down.

The CIWS does not recognize identification friend or foe, also known as IFF. The CIWS only has the data it collects in real time from the radars to decide if the target is a threat and to engage it. A contact must meet multiple criteria for the CIWS to consider it a target. These criteria include:

  1. Is the range of the target increasing or decreasing in relation to the ship? The CIWS search radar sees contacts that are outbound and discards them. The CIWS engages a target only if it is approaching the ship.

  2. Is the contact capable of maneuvering to hit the ship? If a contact is not heading directly at the ship, the CIWS looks at its heading in relation to the ship and its velocity. It then decides if the contact can still perform a maneuver to hit the ship.

  3. Is the contact traveling between the minimum and maximum velocities? The CIWS has the ability to engage targets that travel in a wide range of speeds; however, it is not an infinitely wide range. The system has a target maximum-velocity limit. If a target exceeds this velocity, the CIWS does not engage it. It also has a target minimum-velocity limit and does not engage any contact below that velocity. The operator can adjust the minimum and maximum limits within the limits of the system.


I mean that will never happen, I mean the amount of money that these companies are going to spend arguing about how that would stunt the industry (which it probably would) I’m surprised they eaven got the written test…

Agreed. I think everyone that flies one (including rec use) should have to get an N number and take the FAA exam. just my 2 cents tho


I think if congress pushes for it and same as DOT/The Feds I bet we can see real change, States would need get onboard too


Yes, Congress certainly could if they wanted to, but with how much this industry has to pay, I highly doubt they will ever take those steps…

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R.I.P. “Circling Around a Cruise Ship 2 Miles Away with My Drone” YouTube videos


Never know the US does some crazy things lol


A little harderregulations which is good but not enough. I agree with @anon93248082 there should be a mandatory class time. This isnt just some hobby that one can debate safety. There have been very serious near misses in the last few years that had it not been for the smallest of margins would have been fatal. Much needed if you ask me

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I mean logically it isn’t really crazy, but there is too much money I think…

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I think the more accident related drones the more we will see the Feds hammer down on them. I hate to say it but it’s going take a couple of deaths to push those laws

Don’t drones have the same physics as helicopters @anon93248082

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Some have the same aerodynamics some don’t @Michael_Czyz

Oh interesting