Drone Safety Rules: How to Avoid a Fat Federal Fine
Take this drone safety quiz to test your knowledge on maximum altitudes, distances from airports, and restricted flight areas.
Hobbyists have until this Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, to register their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If you own a drone weighing between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs. and plan to fly it outdoors, you’re required to register it.
Registration is simple, costs $5 and is valid for three years. Just do it, please. If you don’t register and you’re caught, you could be hit with a civil penalty of up to $27,500, a criminal fine of up to $250,000, and imprisonment for up to three years. Who knows, the FAA could make an example out of someone.
Why is it necessary to register your drone? Well, drones have been spotted near airports, interfering with firefighters, and crash-landing near the White House. So the FAA thinks that a registration system that would help track people down will prevent reckless flying.
More than 342,000 people have already registered, so the process can’t be too grueling. Many of those who have registered are experienced drone flyers, including many readers of this site, who don’t believe registration will prevent anything bad from happening. Maybe so, but we thought it’d be fun to test your basic knowledge of drone safety rules, including maximum altitudes, distances from airports, and restricted flight areas.
The “Know Before You Fly” folks created a quiz that does just that. The quiz provides explanations with its answers, and the Know Before You Fly site is full of facts on drone rules if you want/need more information. So take the quiz below and let us know how you did.