There is a stunning level of underestimating the complexity and power of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Often thought of as mere toys, these aircraft have a proper place in the skies and require a solid understanding of operations to fly safely and competently.
So, what is a UAS?
Drone has become a household word these days. To some, it rings of a sinister shiny metal disk, flying through the air in some dystopian sci-fi movie, zapping away with lasers and peering in wherever it pleases.
To others, it is just a toy, something for the kids to play with.
You will find UAS being used every day in businesses, such as real estate or event photography. Insurance, construction and roof inspections, as well as TV and film production, employ these incredible aircraft more and more and there is no end in sight.
But, it is not quite as simple to fly properly as it may appear from an offhand glance.
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Do I need a drone license or certification?
There are rules and regulations for flying whether you are simply a recreational operator or flying for business purposes.
First of all, any UAS weighing more than .55 pounds and up to 55 pounds must be registered with the FAA.
Larger aircraft exceeding 55 pounds need to file a paper-based N-number registration.
If you are flying for your own relaxation and enjoyment, you are considered a recreational operator. But keep in mind, there are guidelines to follow even for this level of operation, so be sure to become familiar with these important points when registering your drone on the DroneZone website.
A 14 CFR Part 107 Remote Pilot certification is required whenever you fly for any business or profit generating purpose. Continue reading about flying drones.
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