DO NOT FLY NEAR HURRICANE RESPONSE EFFORTS

October 06, 2016 1 Comment

DO NOT FLY NEAR HURRICANE RESPONSE EFFORTS

As a result of Hurricane, there will likely be significant recovery efforts and the FAA may issue flight restrictions in the vicinity of disaster areas. During response operations to Hurricane Matthew, authorized aircraft m ay be flying at very low altitudes over affected areas. 

 

Unauthorized UAS or drone operations may prevent other aircraft from performing life-saving missions and increase the risk of mid-air collision. Anyone, including hobbyist or recreational fliers, who interferes with disaster response efforts is subject to civil penalties of up to $32,140 per violation and possible criminal prosecution. 

 

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone operators are responsible for checking applicable flight restrictions before operating and must not interfere with any aircraft assisting in hurricane disaster response operations, regardless if there is a flight restriction in place or not. 

 

Drone operators may obtain information about posted flight restrictions by using the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app or by checking the FAA’s website:  https://pilotweb.nas. faa.gov/PilotWeb/.

 

UAS or drone operators supporting dis aster response operations  must  be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prior to operating. Operators may seek approval by following these steps:

  1. The operator must secure support from a governmental entity, and the operation must directly contribute to the response, relief, or recovery effort.
  2. After completing step 1, the operator must contact the FAA’s Systems Operations Support Center (SOSC) at  202-267-8276for assistance.
  3. After calling the SOSC, the operator must also send the request via email to  9-ator-hq-sosc@fa a.gov

1 Response

Natasha
Natasha

December 13, 2016

Important regulations must be read when flying drones, as do note they vary from country to country i.e. USA, UK, Australia has different set of regulations when it comes to flying drones.
https://top-10-drones.com/cat/blog/

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