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The FAA Regulates Drone Use By Separating Hobby and Commercial Use

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The FAA regulates how people can use their personal aircraft. The FAA regulates how people can use their personal aircraft.
WEST RICHLAND, WA- The Federal Aviation Administration regulates what people can use drones or personal aircraft with cameras for.

The FAA is regulating what people can fly their drones or personal aircraft for.

The FAA considers paid demonstrations of aircraft a form of commercial use, as well as companies, like a real estate agency, from taking pictures of a property, it stops package deliveries, and stops farmers from using the aircraft to see if their crops need water

“I rather just go look at it with my thousand dollar aircraft and check to see if I need to spray,” said Miniature Aircraft Association Treasurer.

Flying the aircraft for enjoyment is allowed, but some people worry about the privacy issues.  Bowman said people are better off using a cell phone than an aircraft because the aircraft are really loud. 

“If I'm flying that near you on the beach, you're going to hear that coming for a mile away. It sounds like a bunch of bees,” said Bowman.

The FAA does not allow flying over an area with people.  That would apply to a media outlet trying to take pictures of a celebrity's wedding using an aircraft.  It would be illegal because it could possibly fall and hit someone. The FAA has to change their rules as aircraft technology advances.

“It's technology that's great.  It's useful, but in the wrong hands or not thinking through what they're about to do, we could have problems,” said Bowman.

The FAA's regulations put safety first for flying these aircraft.  They have to make sure their rules protect the users and the people around them.

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