The FAA Drone Zone recently stated on social media that it is redesigning the website to make it more aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly. The new layout became available for users to view on Monday.
US Drone Laws Can Be Difficult According to Part 107 of the FAA’s regulations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that all commercial UAS operators get a remote pilot license. A candidate for a Part 107 UAS license must be at least 16 years old, demonstrate proficiency in the English language, possess the necessary physical and mental abilities to operate a UAS safely, pass a written test on aeronautical knowledge, and submit to a background check by the Transportation Security Administration.
Different guidelines, however, apply if you’re operating a drone for amusement only. Although they must adhere to the same regulations as commercial operators when flying their aircraft outside the line of sight, recreational UAS operators are not required to get a Part 107 license. Users must pass the TRUST test and register any drones weighing more than 250g (.55 lb) in order to accomplish this.
Only licensed Part 107 operators, however, may use the FAA’s new regulations that allow UAS operations over people or at night without requesting a special exemption, which took effect in December 2020. So, in some circumstances, it makes more sense to simply obtain the 107 license (which you can still use to fly for fun between commercial gigs).
Some drone operators were perplexed by these two sets of regulations. The Drone Zone website’s previous design included two prominent links at the top, one for business operators and the other for leisure operators. But it wasn’t the simplest method to get started if you’re a new owner and unaware of what set of restrictions apply. What if, for instance, you merely want to learn to fly for the time being with the intention of going commercial later? What if you decide to sell a photo you took for pleasure to a magazine later on when you’re still simply snapping images for fun?
NEW STRATEGY AT FAA DRONE ZONE The FAA redesigned the Drone Zone website rather than imposing that decision upon customers as soon as they access it. What happens before that has changed to make things simpler, especially for first-time visitors who recently received a drone for Christmas or whatever. From what I can see, my operator dashboard for Part 107 hasn’t changed.
The majority of the website focuses on actions a person might need to accomplish rather than on what regulatory framework applies to them, however it appears that things are still developing. The website’s navigation will direct you to the appropriate location whether you prefer to register a drone, download the B4UFly app, or take other actions.
As you go down, you will find more details on the website and what you can do with it, as well as a link to help you figure out whether you’ll need a Part 107 license to help you with your search.
Is this a fundamental alteration to the website? Actually, no. However, it will be somewhat more beneficial for those who are just starting out in electric flying.
DJI press photo is the featured image.
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