Drones 101

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In order to be a legal drone operator there are a few things an operator must have:
1. The operator or business must operate under Part 107, or have an exemption known as a (“333”) exemption from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). This is a lengthy and detailed process which involves detailed rules and regulations set forth by the FAA.
2. The operator of the drone must be an FAA licensed pilot. The operator must hold at least a private pilot’s license from the FAA.
3. Prior to each flight, the drone operator must file a NOTAM (notice to airmen) at least 24 hours to, but not more than 72 hours prior to each and every flight. This identifies the operator and where he or she is operating and provides general aviation pilots as well as commercial airline pilots advanced notice that a drone will be operating in the area. 
4. As of December 2015, a drone operator must have their drone registered with the FAA. 
5. There are other proposed FAA rules available on the faa.gov website.                                                                                                                                           6. Although not yet mandated, a reputable commercial drone operator will also carry liability insurance.

A legal and reputable drone operator will be more than willing to share their credentials with you.  If they are not, beware!  Do not be afraid to ask an operator for their FAA documentation, about their insurance and about their experience before committing to them!

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