Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Drones are considered aircraft under FAA regulations and are regulated as to how, when and where they can fly.

The most common airspace restriction for drones is flying in close proximity to airports. Generally, the busier the airport the greater the restrictions both in altitudes and distances from the airport. Airspace can be complex when multiple airports share the same regulated airspace such as in the Los Angeles basin. The FAA has carved out flight sectors around most commercial and general aviation airports with automated and real time clearances to fly these sectors through the internet. In those locations not amenable to automated clearances, the FAA website will accept requests for “waivers” allowing deviations from the regulations if these deviations can be accomplished safely.

The overall weight of the drone and camera/light payload cannot exceed 55 pounds (25 kg).

Yes. Drones are allowed to fly at night if properly equipped.

Drone speed cannot exceed 100 MPH (87 Knots).

Yes. If done so in a sparsely populated area.

A drone can fly 400 feet above the ground or 400 feet above a structure if within a 400 foot radius of that structure.

Yes. If the participating people or persons have knowledge of the operational flight and have given their consent. As for flying operations over non-participating people or persons, the FAA has developed categories of operations which must be complied with for these type of operations. The word “directly” over is a flight that is directly above a person’s body parts or vehicle. There are nuances in these regulations which should be addressed on a case by case basis.

Yes. The minimum flight visibility, as observed from the control station must be no less than 3 statute miles.

Yes. The drone pilot and/or visual observer must be able to see the drone throughout the entire flight absent a BVLOS waiver.

No. Neither a drone pilot or visual observer are allowed to fly or observe more than one drone at a time.

Yes. If a drone pilot is working for compensation or hire that individual must have a valid and current Part 107 Certificate.

There are many factors that go into the determination of pricing. This includes location, airspace restrictions and clearances, length of time consumed, transportation, lodging, per diem, flight equipment used, number of persons needed for the operation, level of flight difficulty and risk, budget constraints and timely notice of scope of work.