Here is What the FAA is Saying Behind the Curtain

Since I’m part of the FAA Drone Pro team I thought it would be a good idea to show you the slides that team members see. This is a little behind curtain stuff. I’m sure I’ll have to ask for forgiveness for sharing but I want you to hear it straight from the FAA and not filtered through some drone manufacturer marketing message.

You Can’t Fly Beyond Line of Sight at Night


The strobe lights can’t be relied on to meet VLOS requirements.

Night VLOS 107.31 FAA

Can You Fly Over Public Safety on Scene? No.

Who Can You Fly Over UAS FAA

Can I Fly Over People With a Parachute? No.

Parachute for Flight Over People

Drone Chute Waiver Over People FAA

How Far Can I Fly Under VLOS?

VLOS FAA Requirements

Actual VLOS Distance Data

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The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.

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