As the drone industry continues to grow, so does the list of rules that pertain to operating an sUAS. Each day, more and more information about becoming a drone pilot surfaces, but how much of it can you trust? Without an expert in the field or reading the several thousand pages of rules released by the FAA, how can you determine what information is accurate? At Top Drone School, we want everyone to have a proper education before operating an sUAS. We know there is a lot of information out there, so we’ve made a list of the Top 5 myths about commercial drone use to help jump start your drone education.
- The rules and regulations set by the FAA only apply to individuals flying an sUAS, not companies and their employees.
Actually, the FAA’s rules and regulations apply to everyone operating an sUAS, regardless of their employer or affiliation with a corporation. If a drone is being utilized for commercial reasons, the pilot must pass the FAA exam and carry a Remote Pilot Certificate.
- Drones are basically autonomous now, so there is no need to learn how to fly them.
Many of the newer and higher-end drones on the market today promote autonomous features. As beneficial as these features can be, the complex NAS of the US still requires extensive knowledge on safety protocols regarding sUAS use. Each country has their own guidelines on drone operations, and the US is among the strictest in the world. Some of the largest sUAS manufacturers are located in other countries that do not require a general understanding of safety guidelines and procedures, making the autonomous flying options much more prevalent.
- If you have a higher end drone made by a large manufacturer, all you really need to learn is the FAA’s rules and regulations. After that, the drone will basically fly itself.
Major manufacturers are advertising autonomous flying features, and these are very useful in sUAS operations. However, not ALL aspects of operation are autonomous, and the pilot will still need to learn how to physically handle and fly the drone. There are environmental situations, including inclement weather, that will require a pilot to have a certain set of skills to safely navigate the sUAS.
- There aren’t many consequences to flying without an FAA Remote Pilot Certification. You can fly until you get caught, and the first offense is basically a slap on the wrist.
The consequences of flying without an FAA Remote Pilot Certification are pretty severe, even if it’s your first offense. You, along with your company and/or employer, are subjected to fines of up to $27,500 and/or up to 3 – 5 years in jail.
- It’s very expensive and time consuming to train an employee to operate an sUAS or outsource an FAA Certified Drone Pilot. There aren’t enough benefits of utilizing drones in the everyday options of your company or employer to outweigh the costs.
Retaining your FAA Remote Pilot Certification and learning how to fly from an expert in the drone industry is cheaper than ever before. We created Top Drone School to help people in their careers, whether starting something new or adding another skillset to their current position. With our curriculum, you and/or your employee will have all of the pertinent information for becoming an FAA Certified Drone Pilot for life. All of the rules and regulations set by the FAA will be thoroughly taught and explained by the expert and owner of Drone Visions, Dan Beets. Better yet, it’s accessible 24/7 on your computer or mobile device. Top Drone School also offers a ground school course, teaching pilots how to physically operate and maintain their sUAS in any environmental condition. Both are critical to becoming the best and most successful FAA Certified Drone Pilot in the business.
If your company is in need of the most talented and professional FAA Certified Drone Pilots, look no further than Drone Visions. Drone Visions is a team of the top experts and pilots in the business, and is an affordable option for those in need of drone utilization. Their clients include major networks in the entertainment industry, including television and streaming services, as well as work in infrastructure, mapping, construction, and many other industries.
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