- Camera drones must stay at least 150 feet away from people
- All drones weighing more than 250g must be registered with the government
- All drone pilots must pass a drone safety test before allowed to fly
- Drone pilots must use “safety apps” to plan their flights
“Recreational drone users must:
- Always keep the drone within sight
- Keep 500 ft away from crowds and/or built up areas, if your drone is equipped with a camera
- Stay 150 ft away from people and buildings, if your drone is equipped with a camera
- Avoid flying over or 150 ft near to open areas with more than 1,000 people present
- Adhere to local council’s rules about drone flights in the area
The regulations set to become law
- Drones must fly below an altitude of 400ft
- Drones must not fly within 1 km of any airport’s boundaries
- Drones weighing over 250g will need to be formally registered with the CAA
- Drone pilots must be able to present their registration documents if requested to do so by the police.
- Drone pilots will be required to take a drone safety test before they’re allowed to fly
- Drone users will be told to use apps to plan their flights, to make sure that they are not entering unsafe or no-fly zones”
Elsewhere, I see people now posting videos on Youtube with modified control systems that use 4G LTE modems to extend the range of their model aircraft. And flying them up to 25 miles. All of which is clearly and obviously illegal.
Such actions, which are now occurring in the U.S. are literally begging the FAA to establish strict regulations over use of model aircraft and the eventual licensing of all model aircraft pilots. It will take just one incident – and instantly the FAA will ground all model aircraft nationwide until strict new regulations are developed and in force.
This is literally what these reckless model pilots are asking for.
(Note – I am an RC model aircraft enthusiast, belong to the AMA and my local model aircraft club. I am pointing out the obvious way that many new enthusiasts are wrecking the hobby in their disdain for common sense rules we have now.)