FAQs on Flying a Commercial UAS (Drone) Legally*
Who is the governing authority for commercial drone operations?
The FAA is the governing body authorizing all drone (UAS or UAV) flight operations in the United States. There are new regulations that became effective on August 29, 2016, for operating a drone in the United States . Please consult the FAA for complete UAS rules.
What is the legal definition of commercial drone (UAS) usage and what FAA laws govern them?
Specifically, commercial operations (defined as anytime you are operating a UAS in furtherance of a business, even if there is no direct compensation, including videography/photography, real estate, inspections, or farming-related flights) will fall under the commercial portion of Part 107 in the FAA rules.
Can you outline some of the specifies of the new commercial drone (UAS) laws under FAA Part 107?
Here is an abbreviated explanation of the Part 107 rules. As a client, please remember that the drone company you hire must have the required paperwork and licenses to be a commercial drone operator. You (as the client) could be held liable for any FAA flight violations, such as flying over nonparticipating people, incursions into controlled air-space, or any possible accidents to persons
Is there a government website that I can obtain more details and the latest laws?
Yes. The complete FAA rules can be found here.
What about state or local privacy laws?
Have your operator review all local and state laws, including privacy laws, prior to the scheduled flight.
If I hire a drone operator, how do I know the operator is fully insured in case of an accident or FAA violation?
Ask to see a copy of your operator’s UAS liability insurance policy. Normally, the insurance company will be happy to forward you a copy. Wings Videos USA® has a base-level liability insurance policy of one million dollars.
*These are just some of the laws governing commercial UAS (drone) operation in the United States. More information can be found in the FAA’s latest FAR/AIM (Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information) publication.
The suggestions above are meant as an introduction to some of the laws that UAS operators must follow; they are not meant to be comprehensive. We do not offer legal advice. Consult the FAA or an attorney versed in FAA law for complete and up-to-date laws to protect your UAS business or UAS usage.
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