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FAA Information

Below is some useful information regarding the FAA and drones.

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Federal Aviation Administration - FAA

There are many regulations regarding the use of drones for commercial purposes.  The FAA regulations are the primary regulations in the United States.   The individual states also have regulations for drone operations.  Federal and State park services also have regulations regarding commercial drone flights.  Aero Images 318 will always be operating within the parameters of these regulations.  We currently have waivers that allow us to fly in controlled air space in the Shreveport and Bossier City area.

The FAA administers and controls ALL the airspace in the United States.  All commercial drones fly in this airspace and are subject to all the rules and regulations.  All commercial drones must be registered with the FAA and receive an FAA number which is to be displayed on the drone.  The airspace in the US is classified into six (6) categories (based on sizes of airports) plus several special control use areas such as military, etc.  This airspace governs where and how high you can fly.  FYI, drones are limited to 400 feet above ground level (400 AGL) and must be flown within visual line of sight (VLOS).

All flights by Aero Images 318 will observe the FAA regulations and related safety measures and local regulations that may be in place.  All drone pilots flying commercially are required to take a test and pass to receive a Part 107 license.  This license is designated as a sUAS license which is a small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone).

All commercial drone flights must have prior approval to fly in the airspace covered by the location of the flight.  Approval can be obtained through several methods including the B4UFly FAA application and the Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system.  Classified airspace authorizations and waivers can also be obtained for specific flight locations, altitudes, and conditions pending FAA approvals.

At Aero Images 318, the Pilot In Charge (PIC) has final say so on flight parameters, safety conditions, or other activities that may interfere with the safe operation of the flight or service.  The PIC has authorization to stop the flight as needed.

FAA Airspace Classes
LAANC System
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