Hi Community. After recently passing my commercial drone certificate test, I would like to settle some misconceptions about drones. Drones can be operated by everyone if they take the correct safety measures.
Beginning with recreational drones. A drone must be under the weight limit .55 pounds for recreational operation.The also cannot be flown at night. While operating these drones you must be 5 miles from an airport and must operate them below 400 feet AGL.
For a commercial drone pilot, one may operate a drone between .55 pounds and 55 pounds. It MUST not exceed 55 pounds with everything attached to it. You must have 3 position lights too operate at night. Also within 5 miles off an airport you MUST call the controlling agency and get permission to flt in there airspace. You also can get paid for operating a drone for a person or company.
As one can see, drones can be very useful and it can be fun hobby for someone who just cant afford flight training. I think with the proper training and equipment, drone pilots can be a helpful and useful tool in aviation.
Here are some of the rules and regulations for drone operation in the United States: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/Part_107_Summary.pdf
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