ARLINGTON – North Carolina officials are preparing for one of the busiest summers yet for the massively popular devices in advance of National Drone Safety Day on Saturday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there are around 9,500 registered business drones and about 15,000 registered recreational drones in the entire state. But if not used appropriately, these unmanned aircraft systems might be harmful.
In order to enjoy a happy and safe summer, the N.C. Department of Transportation is urging everyone to abide by drone safety requirements.
According to NCDOT Director of Aviation Bobby Walston, “In North Carolina, we are continuously looking for new methods to push the limits of how we may employ drones, but safety remains our first priority.” “Drones can be entertaining and helpful, but they can also be harmful if used improperly.”
To ensure that pilots are flying safely and legally, NCDOT’s Division of Aviation has offered the following advice:
Never fly higher than 400 feet above the ground.
Keep the drone in your line of sight at all times.
Be mindful of others’ privacy.
Never fly straight over people; avoid flying over crowds or events.
Never fly over or close to any airports or prisons.
Without adequate training and lighting, avoid nighttime flying.
Drone operators are urged to take the time to familiarise themselves with local legislation in their area as well as state and federal regulations that apply to drones.
The N.C. Division of Aviation must issue a permit to anyone wishing to use a drone in North Carolina for either commercial or official purposes. Prospective users must complete the NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test before applying. The permitting system, which went into effect in 2016, is intended to provide drone owners with a clearer understanding of the limitations on their use through a quick and easy online procedure.