Drones are one of the fastest growing focuses in aviation with more than 860,000 drones registered with the FAA. With companies exploring options like drone delivery and the utilization of drones for emergency response, search and rescue, videography, construction, etc., this number will continue to grow.
As with all facets of aviation, safety must be top-of-mind when operating a drone. To raise awareness around safety associated with this industry segment, the FAA has declared Saturday, June 18, as Drone Safety Day.
The safety message for Drone Safety Day 2022 is Fly RIGHT:
- Register your drone – DroneZone
- Interact with others
- Gain knowledge
- Have a safety plan
- TRUST and Train
- Know Before You Fly: This organization, in partnership with the FAA, provides resources and recommendations for the safe operation of model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems.
- Know when and where to ask for permission. There can be flight restrictions within certain airspaces so do your research beforehand. Flying on or near airfields is prohibited.
- Always keep your UAS in sight and use a visual observer to assist if needed.
- Fly below 400 feet and remain below obstacles when possible.
- Never interfere with manned aircraft and yield right of way.
- Report damages: The FAA requires all damage exceeding $500 (not including unmanned aircraft) be reported.
- Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without prior permission.
- Keep your distance: Remain at least 25 feet away from individuals, property, moving vehicles, etc. For critical infrastructures, i.e. military bases, federal prisons, power plants, monuments, etc., you must remain at least 400 feet away from the lateral boundaries.
- If you are flying commercially, you must operate during the daylight hours or civil twilight hours (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
- Get Your Remote Pilot Certification: Consider undergoing an FAA Part 107 training program and becoming a licensed operator. This is REQUIRED if you plan to fly for commercial purpose
It’s important to understand what you can and cannot do, and how to safely operate drones, so be sure to brush up on your safety tips June 18!