The FAA regulates US airspace and has issued a set of safety rules and regulations for both recreational and commercial remote pilots. The full set can be found at www.FAA.gov/UAS.
As is required for all recreational and commercial drones weighing over 0.55 pounds, all our drones are registered with the FAA and we operate under the rules required by 14 CFR Part 107 for commercial drone operations.
In addition to the clear safety regulations set by the FAA, we believe that it is in the best interest of remote pilots, our clients and the communities we operate within to subscribe to a set of best practices to ensure privacy and responsible use. We believe in these "THREE PRINCIPLES TO FLY BY":
1. respect the expectation of Privacy
- Try to avoid specifically targeting an individual for filming without their permission
- If you think someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy, don’t violate that privacy by taking pictures, video, or otherwise gathering sensitive data.
2. Fly in a manner Consistent with manned aircraft
- Although airspace is the jurisdiction of the FAA, try not to fly at a low elevation over other people’s homes without permission if you can easily avoid doing so.
- If flying over residential areas is necessary, make sure that the aircraft is higher than the highest point or structure on the property and try to limit hovering - use only as a simple transit corridor.
3. Be Courteous
- Do not fly over or close to someone who is not a willing participant.
- If someone feels harassed or threatened, listen to their concerns
Drone law is complex and evolving and these suggestions shouldn’t be interpreted as legal guidance. These principles are simple voluntary suggestions to avoid crossing any lines, whether perceived or real. For a more thorough set of recommendations from the NationalTelecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and its relation to the protected rights by the First Amendment to the Constitutionsee their publication “Voluntary Best Practices for UAS Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability“
Below is a flyer that can be downloaded. Feel free to use this flyer for community and pilot education and awareness purposes. If you would like a PDF version of this for hardcopy printing email us at firstname.lastname@example.org