In preparation for the holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a straightforward safety checklist for drone operators to use when they “send a drone into the Wild Blue Yonder.”
“You’re heading to the stores on Black Friday to buy that shiny, new, camera-equipped drone you’ve been yearning for. You can’t wait to get into the sky and let loose your inner high-flying aerial photographer, right?” the FAA says. “Did you know you’re also going to become a pilot?”
The FAA reminds that because drone are considered aircraft, operators “have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does.”
“We want you to fly safe, fly smart – and have fun,” the FAA says, introducing its new safety checklist.
This guide offers a bullet-point list of nine reminders for operations, including flying under 400 feet and within the visual line of sight of the operator, as well as never flying around sports events, first-response efforts, other aircraft, groups of people or airports. The flyer also references the Know Before You Fly safety campaign, which the FAA launched with other industry groups last December.
The FAA’s printable checklist can be found here.