The FAA’s Goal
America has one of the most complex airspace in the world and it’s the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) job to ensure the safety of it for the public and everyone who wants to use it.
The FAA’s goal is to incorporate unmanned aircraft, and their users, into our culture of safety and responsibility. But they need to do it in a way that doesn’t stifle the enthusiasm for this growing industry.
A free, new smartphone app, B4UFLY, is available for drone operators, which lets you know where it’s safe and legal to fly a drone. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices, and it’s already been downloaded more than 85,000 times.
As hundreds of thousands of drones take to the sky, the FAA is constantly trying to keep up with drone safety and has since created the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). The UAST held its first meeting in Washington, DC on October 18-19, 2016. The UAST is modeled on the highly successful Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC). These teams are data-driven and take an analytical approach to creating new rules and regulations to intervene potential accidents before they can happen. Both CAST and GAJSC have improved safety standards across commercial aviation and the UAST will do the same for the unmanned aircrafts.
Current rules and regulations that must be followed by all UAS pilots for safety include: not operating a drone from a moving vehicle or aircraft, flying with constant line of sight of the drone, or operating drones during daylight. For Part 107 holders, like ODP, we can fly higher than 400 ft. if the drone is within 400 feet laterally of a permanent structure. Meaning, we can fly to the top of the Devon town in downtown Oklahoma City. There is also a “No Drone Zone” campaign the FAA has out to remind people to leave their unmanned aircraft at home during major public events.
Some have called the unmanned aircraft industry the “Wright Brothers moment” of our time – and that may be so. But if there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that the only limit to this technology is imagination – and Oklahoma Drone Photography has no shortage of that.