New Drone Laws for Hobbyist Pilots (2019)

New Drone Laws for Hobbyist Pilots (2019)


So normally I like to drink soda and
energy drinks and I’m trying to wean off of that and I’m trying this new kombucha,
kambucha. But it’s healthy its new and it’s new just like these new drone
laws that passed a couple days ago. In this video I’m gonna be covering what
these new drone laws are and what it means for us hobbyists because that’s
directly who it pertains to. So check it out. I’m not sure I’m sold on this yet. *chocking on kombucha* As of May 18th 2019, new regulations have
been passed regarding hobbyist pilots in controlled airspace which is essentially
flying within five miles of an airport Class B, C or D airspaces. To back up
and give context before I go into what’s happening here, when a pilot would
request to fly within a controlled airspace a hobbyist would notify an
airport control tower that they were going to be flying at a certain time,
location and altitude. You can see an example of my video here when I called
the Las Vegas Airport as a hobbyist and see what that all looked like. If you were
calling as a commercial pilot you would actually call the airport and request to
fly at a certain altitude, time and location and the airport would either
give you a yes or a no to whether you can fly it within that controlled
airspace. Now with the FAA reauthorization act of
2018 being passed last year this is all being changed. Hobbyists will now
actually have to use the LAANC system that commercial pilots use in order to
request clearance to fly within a controlled airspace.
Now essentially with what happened as of May 18th the FAA has put hobbyists kind
of in a limbo zone here meaning hobbyists are no longer allowed to
request clearance or to notify a control tower or any other controlled airspace
that they’ll be flying within it. They’re just flat-out not allowed to fly within
a controlled airspace. This is temporary and this is happening until the FAA can
upgrade the LAANC system to be able to allow hobbyists to submit requests to
being able to fly in controlled air spaces. So what does that mean? You just
can’t fly within a controlled airspace for the time being.
But there are exceptions though. The FAA has listed fixed zones where you can fly
a drone within a controlled airspace. On a link below in my description I have
an Excel spreadsheet that is periodically updated by the FAA giving
locations and altitudes of certain regions of the US where you can fly
within controlled air spaces. I’ll show you an example here on the map for me
here in Utah. You can see that within this controlled airspace there’s a small
little blue circle where it shows where I can fly my drone within this
area. Now keep in mind if it’s not in a controlled airspace,
nothing changes. You can still fly in normal areas where the airspace isn’t
being controlled but if it is being controlled there’s likely a small area
where you can fly your drone and you’ll be fine. I’m gonna include a link in my
description that’s gonna show you the map where you can actually see where all
these different blue zones are or these “fixed zones” are that the FAA has allowed
for hobbyists to be able to fly their drones within controlled areas. Now what
does that mean for hobbyists in the future? The FAA will change this. I’m not
sure when it will change honestly but just know that this is temporary and the
hobbyists are in a little bit of a limbo right now
with controlled air spaces. But I mean if you’re not flying within a controlled
airspace normally this is totally fine and this is nothing to be worrying about.
Now let me know in the comments below if you think this is a step forward for
hobbyist pilots or if this is a step backwards. And if you’re interested in
learning how to make professional drone videos and if you enjoyed this video as
well, make sure to subscribe to my channel. I post videos weekly and #KeepKrusen.
I’ll see you all in the next video.

22 thoughts on “New Drone Laws for Hobbyist Pilots (2019)”

  1. Sorry, in the video I meant May 16th not 18th. But with these new drone laws, is this a step forward or a step backwards for hobbyists/recreational pilots?

  2. FUCK THAT. I'm going to keep flying responsibly, I'm going to keep calling my local municipal airport almost every morning, and the nice lady at the desk (that knows me on a first name basis at this point) is going to keep telling me to fly safe. It will take YEARS to fully implement their system to every little airport and I'm not waiting around.

  3. Kruser – these are not new laws!!! Right now the official FAA regulations for hobbyists are FAR 101.41 and 101.43, which is part of title 14, Code of federal Regulations (CFRs). Although the FAA put out that memo, none of it's contents are codified under the CFRs, Title 14, therefore unenforceable. Am I saying to ignore the "recommendations" of that memo – no, because if you fly in controlled airspace or over 400' and cause an incident (or worse) you could be violated IAW FAR 101.43 or even 91.13. That memo is a prelude of the codification of H.R.302, Section 349 FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. FARs 101.41 and 101.43 were codified based on section 336 of P.L. 112-95 which started this whole mess. When H.R. 302 passed, section 336 was repealed. In reality we are in a state of limbo until FAR 101.41 is re-written to reflect section 349 requirements (that recent FAA memo). At the end of the day I believe this will make things easier for hobbyists and do away with calling airport towers, especially those in uncontrolled airspace. Until that happens just stay out of controlled airspace (B,C and D) unless you have permission, stay below 400' and fly within VLOS.

  4. "The guidance provided in this notice is not legally binding in its own right and will not be relied upon by the Department or the FAA as a separate basis for affirmative enforcement action or other administrative penalty. Regardless of whether you rely on the guidance in this document, you are independently required to comply with all existing laws applicable to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. Conforming your actions with the guidance in this notice does not excuse or mitigate noncompliance with other applicable legal requirements." https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/17/2019-10169/exception-for-limited-recreational-operations-of-unmanned-aircraft

  5. Well the new law sucks at this moment b/c we are in a historic flood and all the good footage is under the 5 miles of our airport. I did get some just out of the 5 miles to see if a friend’s house was under water. But all the good stuff is like less then 1500 yards from the airport lol. I’ll just sit back and watch while waiting on LAANC

  6. I believe the new rules require mandatory faa aircraft registration and mandatory knowledge and safety testing. Ron.

  7. Hobbyists are essentially grounded until the FAA can get everything set up and running. This could take a while. Why can’t hobbyists just be allowed fly below 400 feet altitude near controlled airspaces? Where I live, I am within 8 miles of a small private airport. It essentially makes everything “restricted” when trying to fly my drone.

  8. When we take the knowledge test, does the FAA still plan on treating 1st time violators on the basis of inform and compliance, or will they now be able to fine on the basis that we already have been informed? I am a new, never flown yet, pilot who bought a 4.8 oz drone, apparently also never flown, not at Walmart, but worse yet at a thrift store. Now I begin to understand why, trying to sort through where I can fly it, and what compliance is needed to actually fly it legally. You say flying in uncontrolled airspace is the same as before, however it sounds like all hobbyist, independent of where they fly, still need to take the knowledge test? Do the new regs only have to do with flight in controlled air space? If we are not to notify ATC, do we need to contact anyone regarding flight in uncontrolled airspace? It sounds like all airspace up to 400 feet agl is to be controlled to facilitate drone delivery, even in the rural countryside, which would require notify LAANC.

  9. So if I'm in class G airspace within 5 miles of a heli-port do I still need to notify that heli-port before each flight?

  10. Hi could you please tell me if Drone Hobbyist have to pay five dollars, and register their drones. i have a Hubsan which isn't that heavy. Thankyou and God Bless.

  11. It will be a wait and see scenario to see if this is better or worse. Typically what happens is, as more and more people get Part 107, the Government will say we need more seperation between and common fliers and then change this UAS license to like a Private pilot and require still more training for a commercial rating. Also, as people shift their locations to stay clear of controlled airspace, you will see more Municipal and State ordinances creating no drone zones. It's interesting, with my CDL I can drive a 60,000lb truck for 8-10 years, with no renewal, but you have to refresh your education to fly a 2 lb. "toy", every 2 years. Logical?

  12. Most of these rules are BS in my area there several airports and air bases, almost all the air space within 20 miles of my home is controlled, one approved fly zone with a 50ft ceiling, bs hobbyist flying under 50 meters cannot pose a risk to manned aircraft unless you're flying at the end of a runway

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