Navigating Safety & Regulations When Flying Over Crowds

Are you considering using drone services to capture stunning aerial footage over an event with a large crowd?

Flying drones over people can provide breathtaking perspectives, but it’s essential to understand the regulations and safety measures involved.

Let’s explore a simplified guide that should be taken into account when flying over crowds.

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Understanding Operations Over People Categories

The ability to fly over people varies depending on the level of risk that a drone presents to people on the ground.

Drone operations over people is allowed by following these categories and requirements set by the FAA:

Category 1

These drones weigh 0.55 pounds or less and have no exposed rotating parts that could cause harm.

They’re allowed to fly over people, but pilots must ensure compliance with Remote ID during sustained flight over crowds.

Category 2 and Category 3

These categories cover drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds without an airworthiness certificate.

They have specific eligibility and operating requirements, including compliance with Remote ID for sustained flight over crowds.

Category 3 Specifics

Drones in this category face extra limitations. They are prohibited from flying over crowds unless it’s within a closed or restricted-access area, and everyone present is aware that a drone may be flying overhead.

Alternatively, individuals must be shielded from the drone to ensure their safety.

Category 4

Drones with an airworthiness certificate issued by the FAA fall into this category. The certificate indicates that an aircraft meets its design standards and is safe to fly.

They can operate over people, provided they meet certain operational limitations specified by the FAA and comply with Remote ID.

Important Safety Reminder

Ensuring that the drone pilot you hire has insurance coverage is essential! This coverage provides protection against any potential accidents or liabilities that may occur during the operation.

It offers peace of mind for both the pilot and the client, safeguarding against unforeseen circumstances and potential financial losses.

Before engaging a drone pilot, always verify that they have adequate insurance coverage to mitigate risks associated with aerial operations.

And of course for commercial purposes, confirm the drone pilot has an up-to-date Part 107 license.

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