FAA: New Drone Flight Restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that drones will be prohibited from flying over federal prisons and Coast Guard facilities. The FAA flight restrictions will take effect July 7, 2018, at over 19 prisons and 10 Coast Guard facilities. The purpose of the restrictions is to keep drone flights outside of a 400-foot radius of federal facilities. Operators who violate the flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges including up to a year in prison.

It is the widespread availability of commercial drones that pose the greatest threat. There are more than one million federally licensed drone operators, and most of them fly by the rules, but not everyone. That being said, law-enforcement and national security officials added “prison breaks” as a potential ill use.

Drone incidents at prisons have been on the rise. In July 2015, a fight broke out at an Ohio prison when a drone dropped tobacco, marijuana, and heroin to an inmate. In July 2017 there was an escape from a South Carolina prison, where an inmate chopped his way through a fence using wire cutters that prison officials suspect were dropped by a drone. The inmate was captured 1,200 miles away in Texas. In September 2017, Arizona prison officials said a drone carrying drugs and cellphones crashed in the prison yard.

Most of the danger from the commercial drone boom here at home has been in the category of nuisance offenses. Under current law, hobbyists and commercial users must keep unmanned aircraft below 400 feet, and avoid flying within five miles of an airport to avoid endangering commercial aircraft. Even small drones can disable a passenger jet by getting sucked into and destroying a jet engine. Still, some recreational drone users ignore the law. In the first nine months of 2017, there were 1,696 drone sightings in illegal airspaces. The FAA expects the problem will get worse as the number of drones is estimated to triple to 3.5 million by 2021.


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Drones Revitalizing Historical Landmarks

The world’s great historical landmarks often need TLC to keep them standing and sharing their beauty and history for generations to come. Restoring these treasures can be a challenge – but drones are helping with this complex work. Advances in drone technology are not only about improving our quality of life today but also providing new ways of preserving our historical landmarks.

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are performing complex site assessments and accomplishing conservation tasks that used to be extremely difficult and costly. Utilizing drones to inspect fragile, historic monuments help maintain a site’s integrity, eliminating the need for heavy and damaging scaffolding. Maneuverability and acute vision enable specialists to inspect inaccessible areas and identify vulnerabilities.

Drones gather data that can assist in the next stages of restoration planning. In less than an hour of flight time, drones can capture nearly one thousand detailed images, giving researchers data to produce an intricate, true-to-life 3D model of the structure. For preservationists, drones are revolutionizing the field and energizing a new era of historical preservation with better data, in a fraction of the time. In addition to reducing the time and resources needed for these preservation initiatives, drone deployments result in substantial savings—enabling further conservation efforts and the maintenance of cultural treasures for future generations.


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Blood Delivery: Drones in Emergency Health Care

In May of 2018, the FAA is reviewing 150 proposals for the use of Drones in the healthcare field. One exciting proposal lays out plans to use drones to deliver blood during an emergency. This could revolutionize the healthcare field.

Right now, hospitals use a courier service, but the process can be slow.  Depending on the time of day, courier availability and traffic conditions, a delivery can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. With a drone, it will take ten minutes or less! That is a big difference with the potential to impact many lives.

Right now, the focus is on drones delivering blood but, once this process is perfected, drones can be used to deliver supplies after natural disasters or to remote areas where transit is generally slow. Medical drone deliveries could save countless lives all over the world.

It's proving the sky is not the limit.


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Meeting FAA Requirements for Commercial Drone Use

Commercial Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) must be operated in accordance with FAA operational rules.

What constitutes commercial drone use?

  • Any drone used to provide contract services, i.e. Industrial equipment or property inspection.
  • Selling pictures/videos taken from a drone.
  • Drones used to monitor the progress of your company’s work.
  • Using drones for professional services, i.e., security or telecommunications.

What are the requirements for commercial drone use?

Any person using a drone for commercial purposes must be at least 16 years old and hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the supervision of an individual with a remote pilot certificate and pass applicable TSA vetting.

How do I obtain an FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate?

Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register all aircraft weighing more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

Are there continuing education requirements for remote pilots?

Yes. Pilots must pass the $150 FAA Remote Pilot Airman exam every two years.

What are the requirements for the drone/UAS?

The drone must weigh less than 55 lbs and undergo a pre-flight check by the FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate holder.

What are the commercial drone operating rules?

  • Fly under 400 ft above ground level unless you are within 400 ft of a structure.
  • Keep the UAS in sight of either the remote pilot in command or an observer.
  • Fly during daylight hours or 30 minutes before and after official sunrise and sunset.
  • Fly at or below 100mph.
  • Yield right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • Do not fly over people.
  • Do not fly from a moving vehicle in densely populated areas.

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