Did you know that on a drone? Yes, a drone! If you didn’t know, now you do. Did you also know that it’s illegal for drones to fly over residential areas?
Well, it is. You buy a drone and the next day there’s one flying over your house without permission – how annoying is that?
In some countries, drone use is expanding at an exponential rate. We need to find a way to stop them from flying over our houses. The Federal Aviation Administration issued Part 107, which regulates commercial drone use in the USA. But wait a minute… So far, commercial drone operation is only permitted below 400 feet AGL (Above Ground Level) and within the visual line-of-sight (VLOS).
It is not legal to fly drones over houses. However, there are drone apps online that claim they can stop drones from flying above your house. We want to learn more about drone laws and what can we do in our situation with a drone flying over the residential area .
What are FAA Drone Rules?
According to the FAA definition, commercial drone operation means: …conducting aerial photography, filming, or videography; inspecting facilities; conducting surveillance; delivering packages; or flying model aircraft…
This includes crop inspections and photographing weddings (you would be amazed at how many drone companies offer wedding services), but doesn’t include drone deliveries. What happens when you get drunk at your next house party? You order a drone delivery service. That is a commercial drone operation .
Check Dron Laws in the Area
First, you need to check drone laws for your area. If you are flying a drone above the 400 feet AGL or within VLOS, it’s considered a commercial drone operation, which requires FAA Part 107 certification and registration to fly a drone commercially. How about if I just want to take some pretty drone pictures of my house?
The primary rule that applies, in this case, is: If you own the property where you’re standing (or where your drone is flying), then it’s legal. You don’t need permission from building owners as long as it doesn’t invade their privacy, such as taking pictures through windows into private areas like bathrooms and bedrooms.
This means that by taking drone pictures in front of your house, the drone is flying above your property, so you are 100% within legal limits.
That said, drone laws vary from state to state and city to city. For example, New York City does require drone operators to get a permit if the drone is equipped with a camera and operating for commercial purposes. So did your neighbor get a permit? I don’t think so. If you want to know exactly where drones can fly legally in NYC airspace, check out this map.
The FAA requires that drones be at least 5 miles away from any airport or restricted airspace. In some cases, drones cannot fly over these areas without permission from the air traffic control (ATC) tower where the airport is located. Also, drone operators are required to get permission from the property owner prior to flying drone over private areas.
Can a drone fly above your house if you don’t want it to?
No! The FAA prohibits model aircraft operation in a careless or reckless manner. It also cannot operate drones under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, drones can’t drop objects from drones.
The drone flying over your house is probably a drone delivering pizza or some other type of drone service that falls into the category of commercial drone operation.
What do you need to do?
Drone laws require drone operators to have at least $5,000,000 in insurance and register drones before flying them for commercial purposes. A drone has to be registered with FAA if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx 25 kg).
So how do we make sure we don’t get these drones flying illegally over our houses?
Use smartphone apps like NoFlyZone, which blocks the airspace around your house to the height of your property’s tallest trees. For drone delivery to happen, the drone will have to request temporary flight approval from you. You can do that with the NoFlyZone app by verifying the drone pilot’s ID and sending a unique pin code via email or text message confirmation. Drone delivery providers are required to follow drone laws, so they will not fly illegally over your house anymore.
If you still think flying a drone is too much work – just get up on your roof and shoot down the drones flying over your house. This approach is illegal in most states, but it’s legal in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida and Michigan.
It works with cameras btw, I tried this with my friend’s drone when he was flying above our property illegally without permission. If you’re an avid drone flyer and think drones should be allowed to fly above the house, I suggest you go down on your roof wearing red underwear, start shooting drones with low RPM drone guns equipped with multi-colored LED lights. This will scare drone operators away for sure!