Operations must be conducted during Visual Flight Rules (VFR):
- Minimum 3 miles of visibility
- Minimum clearances from clouds (500 feet below clouds for example)
- Operations can only be conducted between sunrise and civil twilight (dusk) – in other words, during daylight hours
Operations must be conducted in non-controlled airspace unless prior authorization is received from the FAA:
- Maximum operating altitude of 400 ft above ground level or the nearest obstacle (a tower being inspected for example)
- The base of controlled airspace varies, but outside of airports will never be below 700 ft above ground level
- Each drone has specific manufacturer limitations that must be met, to include temperature minimums and maximums and wind speed maximums
- Operations must be conducted while the drone is within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) of either the operator and/or qualified observer
- Operations cannot occur over groups of people or individuals not involved in the operation
There are other rules and regulations that must be met for safe operation of flight, and each operation is different. Consequently, operations are very weather and regulation dependent and must be planned accordingly. Precision Drone Solutions will do its best to make sure the scheduled operation is on a day that weather should cooperate. Just be advised that sometimes the weather will not cooperate, requiring rescheduling of operations.
Please keep in mind that there are a lot of drone “operators” that are either not licensed or insured or both. Don’t take the risk for the sake of a cheaper price. Always hire an FAA certified and insured drone operator for the precision operation that you require for top quality of the product you need.