Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:08
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:
Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
Keep your UAS in eyesight at all times. Use an observer to assist as needed.
Remain well clear or and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations. You must see and avoid other aircraft at all times.
Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
Contact the airport or control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport (Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport: (509) 338-3223).
Do not fly in adverse weather conditions, such as high winds or reduced visibility.
Do not fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the UAS.
Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastucture property, such as: power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual's permission (see AMA's
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