Questions and answers about commercial small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) drone operations
If you've just landed on this page, I am commercial (Part 107) remote pilot is busy completing a mission and, for safety reasons, should not be disturbed. Most answers to common questions can be found below, and you may ask additional questions once the remote aircraft is safely on the ground and stowed away.
Please be assured that this remote pilot:
There are many jobs commercial remote pilots perform, including but not limited to:
A remote pilot may also fly for training, equipment testing & calibration, and other non-job specific purposes, and do not need to be working a specific job to fly.
Remote pilots may legally operate an unmanned aircraft (including takeoff and landing) FROM public property and private property, with permission.
Remote aircraft may be flown OVER both public and private property without owner or controlling authority permission as long as the remote pilot adheres to all FAA regulations and, in the case of controlled and restricted airspace, with permission from the controlling authority. Private property IS NOT controlled airspace unless noted by official FAA Sectional Aeronautical Charts.
If you'd like to learn more about the laws governing sUAS (including drones) or are interested in becoming a recreation or commercial remote pilot yourself, this FAA landing page is a great place to start:
Please be aware that it is a violation of federal law to interfere with lawful aircraft operations. These laws include but are not limited to:
Federal vs. Local Drone Authority
Friday, July 20, 2018
Congress has provided the FAA with exclusive authority to regulate aviation safety, the efficiency of the navigable airspace, and air traffic control, among other things.
State and local governments are not permitted to regulate any type of aircraft operations, such as flight paths or altitudes, or the navigable airspace.
However, these powers are not the same as regulation of aircraft landing sites, which involves local control of land and zoning.
Laws traditionally related to state and local police power - including land use, zoning, privacy, and law enforcement operations - generally are not subject to federal regulation.
Cities and municipalities are not permitted to have their own rules or regulations governing the operation of aircraft.
However, as indicated, they may generally determine the location of aircraft landing sites through their land use powers.
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