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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 13:25

What is a drone?  Otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), drones are technological robots with commercial and recreational uses.

The use of an UAS for capturing photographs for personal use is considered recreational.  Using the same device to capture photo or video footage for compensation or sale to an individual or entity is considered commercial operation.

Here are some important safety guidelines for recreational UAS users:

The following are useful resources for those interested in the operation of drones:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
FAA - Hobby/Recreational Flying
Know Before You Fly
Academy of Model Aeronautics
FAA Advisory Circular: Model Aircraft Operating Standards

AirMap is a free, comprehensive airspace database and a valuable resource for UAS operators.  Check it out here.

The FAA has announced a new UAS-related smartphone app, called B4UFLY.  This app will assist UAS users in knwoing whether it is safe and legal to fly in their current/planned location.  Read the B4UFLY press release here.


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