Drone Applications and Regulations

Drone Applications and Regulations

Drones are a popular subject in all walks of life, but many people land on drones for different reasons without realizing just how broad the subject is.
My first experience with drones were small racing drones, when the ZMR 250 was still a popular H quad. I had of course heard of drones in other scenarios, but had no idea how similar the base qualities were.

Our team pilot, for example, spends most of his days working with very large drones for much more commercial purposes. His drones consist of 1000mm hexacopters that carry expensive equipment to do things like make 3D models of very large structures like cell phone towers, and inspect things that would otherwise be much harder to reach. 

Others are using drones for modern film shots, being able to have a stabilized aerial video is monumental in many genres. Imagine how cool it would be to have a camera to follow you down the slopes or even in a race car. The possibilities for epic shots become nearly endless

The applications go on from here, but what seems to be a more popular subject in the US is regulations. Many people ask me "How are regulations affecting your hobby?". Well the truth is the effects on my hobby, thus far, are relatively minimal. The law states that anything weighing 250 grams (or two sticks of butter) to 25 kilo-grams must be registered as such. There are a few requirements that you are submitting to. Foremost, that you will put your registration number on all of your drones, and thereafter that you will follow there general rules like don't fly over people, don't fly near airports, etc. The law technically states that you shall not fly out of line of site, which is somewhat difficult with FPV since that's sort of the point.
Speaking of FPV, you should know that if you are broadcasting your video feed at over 25Mw of power, you are required to sport a HAM radio license. I started working for my license, and I have been for quite some time. While the law is old and hardly relevant in this century, it is still in place.

There are other regulations depending on if you are using your drone for commercial purposes, or if your drone weighs over 25 kilo-grams. As far as I understand, Amazon is leading the conversation on commercial drone air-space.
In fact, the Amazon drone comes up now and then. A lot of people are curious how that's going to work. Well as it appears, Amazon drones will have some designated air-space, all to themselves. They will use a combination between a quadcopter, which allows it to leave places vertically, and a glider, which will be a very efficient way to move parcels.

Well that should reasonably sum everything up, feel free to comment with any questions or comments.


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