Whether you are a new drone pilot or have years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely. Before you fly, it is important to find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation. You can then begin researching where it is safe to fly and when you need approval to fly.
The most common concern for flying in Charlotte County is restricted airspace, due to airfields located throughout the county.
KnowBeforeYouFly.org offers interactive maps so you can check the airspace above your intended flight area.
Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:
- Register your drone, mark it on the outside with the registration number (PDF), and carry proof of registration with you.
- Fly at or below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
- Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
- Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
- Do NOT fly in airspace where flight is prohibited. Drone operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with all airspace restrictions
- Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people
- Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts
- Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft
Recreational flyers should know that if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless and reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s website on drones makes it easy to determine what laws apply to your flight: https://www.faa.gov/uas/.