1. Should Drones Be Available to Everyone?
In recent years, drones have gained popularity in the United States, particularly in public safety, delivery services, and photography. A survey by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) revealed that 47% of police departments in the country were already using drones, and 34% expressed interest in adopting a drone program. Drones have been successfully used in search and rescue missions, active shooter situations, and monitoring safety in crowd events. They can also be used for documenting road accidents or crime scenes, with the advantage of replicating scenes as 3D models. However, concerns about drone use include potential danger to the public, violating Fourth Amendment rights, and the potential for spies. Additionally, drones for public safety require significant investment in cost, time, and training. In conclusion, while drones have potential benefits, their use should be regulated to ensure public safety and privacy. The decision to make drones available to everyone should be made after careful consideration of their pros and cons.
2. How do I get a drone license?
To fly a drone under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (Part 107), a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA 1 is required. Eligible applicants must be at least 16 years old, able to read, speak, write, and understand English, in good physical and mental condition, and pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam. To obtain the certificate, create an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) using the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile, schedule an appointment with an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center, pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test, complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate, receive a confirmation email after completing the TSA security background check, and receive a permanent remote pilot certificate via mail after all internal processing is complete. Additionally, an online recurrent training every 24 calendar months is required to maintain aeronautical knowledge recency.
3. How long does it take to get a drone license?
The process of obtaining a drone license in the United States can take 4-6 weeks, with an additional 6-8 weeks for the official certificate card. The process involves scheduling an appointment with an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center, passing the initial aeronautical knowledge test, and completing FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate. Additionally, an online recurrent training every 24 months is required to maintain aeronautical knowledge recency.
4. Can I fly my drone without getting a license?
In the United States, drones must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA to operate under the Small UAS Rule (Part 107). This certificate requires passing the initial aeronautical knowledge exam, “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG).” Flying a drone without a certificate can result in fines of up to $27,500 for civil penalties and up to $250,000 for criminal penalties. Additionally, if the drone causes property damage or injuries, the drone owner may be held liable.
5. What is the cost of obtaining a drone license?
The United States FAA mandates that individuals obtain a drone license to operate a drone under its Small UAS Rule (Part 107). To obtain a remote pilot certificate, individuals must pay an initial aeronautical knowledge exam fee of $160 and a $5 fee for FAA Form 8710-13. Additional fees may apply if retaking the exam or completing recurrent training every 24 months to maintain aeronautical knowledge recency.