Drone Rules: Everything You Need to Know Before You Fly

U.S. UPDATE: Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the FAA’s UAS registry before they fly outside. More information can be found here.

One of the more popular questions I get asked is if there are any rules for flying drones and do I need a drone license. The simple answer is YES there are rules and NO you don’t need a drone license (yet)!

I remember this was actually one of the biggest hurdles for me once I got my first drone because there was no easy way to find out what the rules were for flying a drone. Surprisingly, the only information I could find at the time were the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rules for flying small model aircraft (I couldn’t find the word “drone” anywhere on the FAA’s website which made it all the more confusing).

If you just want to fly for fun then all you need to do is follow the drone rules below

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Video of the Week: Stunning Drone Views of Maldives

Drone Video Maldives

Here is an absolutely stunning video of the Maldives captured by Patrice Gaucher of Aerial Entertainment Studios. After a brief chat with Patrice he shared with me how he got his start in drone cinematography as well as the story behind how he shot this incredible video. Scroll below the video to check it out! Read More

The Brand New Phantom 3 Standard Drone for $799

Phantom 3 Standard Drone

DJI just released a brand new drone called the Phantom 3 Standard for $799! While it isn’t better than the Phantom 3 Professional, it looks like a really nice upgrade from the old Phantom 2 Vision+. This model seems to be aimed at those who want a more simple flying experience without all the pro features of the Phantom 3 Professional and Inspire 1.

Notable features include:

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Video of the week: Dronie in a Hidden Beach

dronie hidden beach mexico

Check out this incredible dronie from Tarsicio Sañudo of Post and Fly. Tarsicio told me that this secret beach is located on the Marietas Islands, which are a couple of miles away from Punta Mita in the Mexican state of Nayarit. In order to get to this spot Tarsicio traveled via a little boat to the island, anchored down and then entered the beach by swimming through the cave with his drone in a floating waterproof case.

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Interview with Drone Photographer Amos Chapple

Interview with Amos Chapple

Amos Chapple is a New Zealand freelance photographer who has traveled through 67 countries. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, The Atlantic, and Italian Vanity Fair.

I first came across Amos’ stunning work last year when several major news outlets shared photos from his drone project Air. I remember being in awe of his unique subjects, lighting and composition. At that time his aerial photography easily stood out from the majority because it was done with such great finesse and care. Read More