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Old 12-05-2014, 06:49 PM
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Quadcopter rules?

Guys I am thinking about buying a DJI Phantom quad copter. I have been flying fixed wing for 35 years now. The FAA has made changes as to what and where you can fly these quad copter. So, my question is before I spend the money, what are the rules?
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:32 PM
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:54 PM
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:28 PM
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Same as the AMA safety rules, if flown for recreation, except no FPV for pilot in command (FAA). If flown for any other reason (photography for profit, etc,) FAA rules are pending and they say it is illegal at the moment.

Flying one at a club airfield or at your home is OK, as long as you are more than 5 miles from an airport and keep it below 400 ft. If you fly in a public area, keep it away from people.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:31 AM
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There is no prohibition against flying within 5 miles of an airport. All that is required is notification of the airport. Also, there is no altitude limit either. Now under 400 feet is a good idea, but it is not an FAA or AMA requirement for recreational flying.

FAA is restricting flying to under 400 feet for those operations they have issued permits for commercial flying to under Section 333 of the FMRA.

My basic rule is I do not fly my Phantom anywhere I would not fly my Trex 550. And I always try to fly in "low profile" mode. The less attention you attract the better.
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This was the latest update put out regarding multirotor flight safety standards in partnership with the FAA and AMA backing.

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
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