Safety Rules and Regulations

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Most customs, rules, and regulations at this page are adopted from the USs drone policies. We have tried to adopt the most general safety, rules, and regulations which we thought are very general and works internationally. Please don’t forget that you should refer the local government’s safety, rules and regulations policy before you fly your new drones. In some of the nations also requires a drones classification as  to establish three categories of operations and their associated regulatory regime:

  • Open,
  • Specific and
  • Certified having a drone aircraft piloting certification…

The Open operation category of drones, should not require an authorisation by an Aviation Authority for the flight but stay within defined boundaries for the operation (e.g. distance from aerodromes, from people, etc). The “specific” operation category will require a risk assessment that will lead to an Operations Authorisation with specific limitations adapted to the operation. The “certified” operations will be required for operations with a higher associated risk or might be requested on a voluntary basis by organisations providing services such as remote piloting or equipment such as “detect and avoid”.

Please don’t forget that you should refer the local government’s safety, rules and regulations policy before you fly your new drones. In some of the nations also requires having a drone aircraft piloting certification…


  • Air traffic: UAVs can threaten airspace security in numerous ways, including unintentional collisions or other interference with other aircraft, deliberate attacks or by distracting pilots or flight controllers.
  • Malicious use:  UAVs could be loaded with dangerous payloads and crashed into vulnerable targets. Payloads could include explosives, chemical, radiological or biological hazards. Drones with generally non-lethal payloads could possibly be hacked and put to malicious purposes.
  • Wildfires: In the United States, flying close to a wildfire is punishable by a maximum $25,000 fine. Nonetheless, in 2014 and 2015, firefighting air support in California was hindered on several occasions, including at the Lake Fire and the North Fire.
  • In response, California legislators introduced a bill that would allow firefighters to disable drones which invaded restricted airspace. The FAA later required registration of most drones. The use of drones is also being investigated to help detect and fight wildfires, whether through observation or launching pyrotechnic devices to start backfires.



Ethical concerns and UAV-related accidents have driven nations around the world to regulate the use of UAVs. The following are examples:

  • The Republic of Ireland, The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) requires all UAVs over 1 kg must be registered with drones weighing 4 kg or more requiring a license to be issued by the IAA.
  • Netherlands, As of May 2016, the Dutch police is testing trained bald eagles to intercept offending drones.
  • South Africa, In April 2014, the South African Civil Aviation Authority announced that it would clamp down on the illegal flying of UAVs in South African airspace. “Hobby drones” with a weight of less than 7 kg at altitudes up to 500m with restricted visual line-of-sight below the height of the highest obstacle within 300m of the drone are allowed. No license is required for such vehicles.
  • Recreational use, From December 21, 2015, all hobby type UAVs between 250 grams and 25 kilograms needed to be registered with FAA no later than February 19, 2016.

The new FAA UAV registration process includes requirements for:

  1. Eligible owners must register their UAV’s prior to flight.
  2. If the owner is less than 13 years old, a parent or other responsible person must do the FAA registration.
  3. UAV’s must be marked with the FAA-issued registration number.
  4. The registration fee is $5. The registration is good for 3 years and can be renewed for an additional 3 years at the $5 rate.
  5. A single registration applies to all UAVs owned by an individual. Failure to register can result in civil penalties of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

Commercial use

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration announced regulations for the commercial operation of small UAS craft (sUAS), those between 0.55 and 55 pounds (about 250 gm to 25 kg) including payload.

The rules, which exclude hobbyists, require the presence at all operations of a licensed Remote Pilot in Command. Certification of this position, available to any citizen at least 16 years of age, is obtained solely by passing a written test and then submitting an application.

For those holding a sports pilot license or higher, and with a current flight review, a rule-specific exam can be taken at no charge online at the website. Other applicants must take a more comprehensive examination at an aeronautical testing center. All licensees are required to take a review course every two years. At this time no ratings for heavier UAS are available.

Commercial operation is restricted to daylight, line-of-sight, under 100 mph, under 400 feet, and Class G airspace only, and may not fly over people or be operated from a moving vehicle.

Some organisations have obtained a waiver or Certificate of Authorization that allows them to exceed these rules. For example, CNN has obtained a waiver for drones modified for injury prevention to fly over people, and other waivers allow night flying with special lighting or non-line-of-sight operations for agriculture or railroad track inspection.

Previous to this announcement, any commercial use required a full pilot’s license and an FAA waiver, of which hundreds had been granted.

Drones users of other nations than the above mentioned please refer your local laws and regulations.


General Safty Rules

  •  Please uses common safety sense when flying and don’t do crazy things with your multi-copters or any R/C aircraft that can result in a potential danger
  • If flying in the USA stay below 400ft AGL! Check flight rules for the country you are flying in. i.e. 300ft max altitude in Canada. (This rule may depend on the local govt regulations)
  • Don’t fly near manned aircraft or within 5 miles of an airport! (This rule may depend on the local govt regulations)
  •  Keep your UAVs in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
  •  Don’t ever fly over people or expensive property!
  •  Respect the privacy of the property of your neighbors!
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Register online before taking Drones, weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to the skies. (This rule may depend on the local govt regulations)
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission

Read also the Remote Control Aerial Platform’s (RCAPA) general guide Lines here

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