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Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Although, do you know the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well?

Flying Over Minnesota

Unfortunately for us, Minnesota doesn’t have any clear areas where you get the green light to fly in. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that you visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website before you take your drone out. They have quite a bit of information that you’ll no doubt find useful and necessary.

The Registering Process in Minnesota

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) owners follow strict regulations and laws. You will need to file your name, home address and your email address as a start.

From there, you will receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration and Proof of Ownership. These will include an identification number for your aircraft. You must have this number displayed on your drone at all times. The number will be valid for up to 3 years.

All aircraft that weighs more than 0.55 pounds, or 250 grams, and less than 55 pounds, or 25 kilograms, must be registered. This also includes any added payloads, such as an onboard camera.

You must be at least 13-years-old in order to register and, effective December 21st, 2015, all newly purchased or made drones must be registered before their first flight. You are able to register through a paper-based process, but you can also do so online by clicking here.

Proximity to Airports in Minnesota

As a general rule of thumb, and in accordance with the law from the FAA, you may not fly within a 5-mile radius of any airport. In 2012 the FAA enacted the Modernization and Reauthorization Act which requires hobbyist drone operators, meaning residential, to contact air traffic control and/or airport management if they are operating within a 5-mile radius of any local airport.

This is enacted nationwide, not only in Minnesota, under Part 101 of the Act, being Special Rule for Model Aircraft, to ensure that drone operations under unsafe conditions are disapproved before the drone can be launched.

Regardless of the local airport you will be flying near, and possibly breaching airspace, you will need to contact either the airport air traffic control tower or the airport operator.

You will need to establish an agreed-upon operating procedure with airport air traffic or the airport operator and answer a couple of questions. For example, questions relating to how long you are going to be flying for.

Unique Drone Laws in Minnesota

At this time of writing, all of the legal information listed below is deemed as accurate as possible and fully in effect.

Superior National Forest and Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness – Executive Order 10092

Because of Minnesota’s Executive Order 10092, the use of drones within a range of 4,000 above the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness is not permitted unless the Forest Service from Superior National Forest authorizes the flight.

However, this is usually only the case for search and rescues. Anyone wanting to fly for a commercial purpose must request and obtain a permit given by the Forest Service through their local Forest office.

Drone Ban in St. Bonifacius

The city of St. Bonifacius has placed a strict ban on drones where public city airspace is concerned. Drones are no longer allowed to fly anywhere within the city limits, both in air and on land.

Minnesota Department of Transportation – Registration Requirement

Any commercial drone users within the state of Minnesota looking to fly, for whatever reason, must register with the Minnesota Department of Transportation as confirmed below:

“All UAS registered with the FAA in this manner and owned by a Minnesota resident must register with MnDOT and pay an annual registration fee in Minnesota. Non-residents using UAS for commercial operations in Minnesota must also register their UAS before the aircraft is used for commercial purposes. To complete registration of the aircraft, the owner is required to show proof that sales tax has been paid and provide insurance information. The insurance must comply with the requirements of Minnesota Statute 360.59, Subd. 10. On the Minnesota registration form, use the same registration number that was provided by the FAA that starts with “N-“.”

HF3919 – Drone Regulations

Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2017, section 360.013, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 62. Unmanned aircraft system. “Unmanned aircraft system” means an unmanned powered aircraft that does not carry a human operator can be autonomous or remotely piloted or operated and can be expendable or recoverable. Unmanned aircraft system does not include a satellite orbiting the earth.

Sec. 16. Minnesota Statues 2014, section 360.075, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 8. Unmanned aircraft system operations. Every person who:

Operates an unmanned aircraft system either on or over land or water in this state without the consent of the owner of such aircraft;

Knowingly operates an unmanned aircraft system with a certificate of registration issues by the commissioner of transportation that is canceled, revoked, suspended, or altered;

Operates any unmanned aircraft system in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property;

Carries on or over land or water in this state in an aircraft other than a public aircraft any explosive substance except as permitted by United States Code title 18. chapter 40 and Code of Federal Regulations, title 27, part 555;

Launches or recovers an unmanned aircraft system from state or private property without consent; or

Interferes with manned aircraft by willfully damaging, disrupting the operations of, or otherwise interfering with a manned aircraft while taking off, landing, in flight, or otherwise in motion through the use of an unmanned aircraft system except as may be permitted by other laws of this state is guilty of a misdemeanor.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective January 1. 2017 and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 360.075, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 9. Gross misdemeanor. Every person who commits any of the acts specified in subdivision 8 for a second of subsequent time is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective January 1, 2017 and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 360.075, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 10. Careless of reckless operation. Every person who operates an unmanned aircraft system in the air of on the ground or water in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another is guilty of a misdemeanor.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective January 1, 2017 and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.

Sec. 19. Minnesota Statues 2014, section 360.55, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

Subd. 9. Unmanned aircraft system. (a) An unmanned aircraft system operated for commercial purposes must be registered for an annual fee of $25 and provide proof of a sales tax payment. An unmanned aircraft system registered under this paragraph is not subject to the taxes and fees provided in sections 360.511 to 360.67
(b) An unmanned aircraft system operated for private, noncommercial purposes is not subject to registration and fee requirements under this subdivision or to taxes and fees under sections 360.511 to 360.67.
(c) An unmanned aircraft system owned and operated by a government entity must be registered for an annual fee of $25 and provide proof of a sales tax payment. An unmanned aircraft system registered under this paragraph is not subject to the taxes and fees provided in sections 360.511 to 360.67.

EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective January 1, 2017.

Sec. 20. [360.591] UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM; COMMERCIAL USE PERMIT.

Subdivision 1. Permit required. A person is prohibited from operating an unmanned aircraft system for a commercial purpose in this state unless the person possesses a valid commercial operator permit issued by the Department of Transportation for the unmanned aircraft system being operated. An operator must apply for the permit from the department in the manner provided by the department.

Subd. 2. Permit requirements; eligibility. In order to be eligible for a commercial operator permit under this section a person must:
Be at least 17 years of age;
Possess a valid driver’s license;
Pass a knowledge test for operating an unmanned aircraft system;
Register and pay the fee under section 360.55 subdivision 9 paragraph (a); and
Satisfy all other applicable state or federal regulations

Subd. 4. Unlawful commercial operations. A person who operates an unmanned aircraft system for commercial purposes in violation of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Subd. 5. Liability insurance required. In order to operate an unmanned aircraft system for commercial purposes in Minnesota, a person must carry liability insurance protecting third parties for both personal injury and property damage.

Other Legal Issues With Drones in Minnesota

At this time of writing, there are currently a number of bills in circulation within the state of Minnesota surrounding drones.

HR 1138 – Wildfire Airspace Protection Act of 2017

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Wildfire Airspace Protection Act of 2017”.
SEC. 2. INTERFERENCE WITH WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION, LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR EMERGENCY RESPONSE EFFORT BY OPERATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.
(a) In General.—Chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Ҥ 1370. Interference with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort by operation of unmanned aircraft
“(a) Offense.—Except as provided in subsection (b), an individual who operates an unmanned aircraft and in so doing knowingly or recklessly interferes with a wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
“(b) Exceptions.—This section does not apply to the operation of an unmanned aircraft conducted by a unit or agency of the United States Government or of a State, tribal, or local government (including any individual conducting such operation pursuant to a contract or other agreement entered into with the unit or agency) for the purpose of protecting the public safety and welfare, including firefighting, law enforcement, or emergency response.
“(c) Definitions.—In this section, the following definitions apply:
“(1) WILDFIRE.—The term ‘wildfire’ has the meaning given that term in section 2 of the Emergency Wildfire Suppression Act (42 U.S.C. 1856m).
“(2) WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION.—The term ‘wildfire suppression’ means an effort to contain, extinguish, or suppress a wildfire.”.
(b) Clerical Amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 65 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

“1370. Interference with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response effort by operation of unmanned aircraft.”.

HF366 – Hunting & Fishing Restrictions

A bill for an act relating to games and fish; prohibiting use of unmanned aircraft systems to take, harm, or harass wild animals; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes; Chapter 97A

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA

Section 1. [97A.036] USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS TO TAKE WILD ANIMALS PROJIBITED.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.
(b) “Unmanned aircraft” means an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
(c) “Unmanned aircraft system” means an unmanned aircraft and associated elements including communication links and the components that control the unmanned aircraft that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.

Subd. 2. Prohibition. A person may not use an unmanned aircraft system to take, harm, or harass a wild animal.

HF858 – Commercial Registration

A bill for an act relating to aeronautics; providing for registration of unmanned aircraft; amending Minnesota Statutes

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8 tips for flying a drone in cold weather

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The following is a guest post by Jake Carter, a drone Enthusiast and writer at RC Hobby Review. Follow him on Facebook at RCHOBBYREVIEW.

Drones whiz and whip through the air at breakneck speeds. Unfortunately, these cool machines weren’t designed for cold weather. It’s not the friendliest condition for them, but with some preparation beforehand, you can capture the beauty of rolling winter landscapes from a bird’s-eye perspective.

Before flying, read your drone’s user manual. Most quadcopters are designed to fly in a temperature range of 32 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Flying outside that range may put your drone at risk. But if your drone can handle the cold conditions, then read on — then get flying!

1. Beware of ice

The arch-nemesis of all helicopters and planes, ice endangers drones too. Ice accumulating on the propeller blades, alters the weight distribution, hurting the drone’s ultimate aerodynamics. Cold air over warm water causes evaporation, and this evaporative fog will refreeze on surrounding surfaces, including on the drone’s surface.

2. Know how cold affects battery life and sensors

Colder temperatures shorten the flight time of your drone by slowing the chemical reaction with the LiPo batteries and lowering the battery capacity. A fully charged drone that typically will last between 20 to 25 minutes in flight, could fly for just 10-15 minutes in colder weather. Extreme cold weather can cause an unexpected power drop, and while it’s rare, there have been cases where batteries fail completely.

Cold weather dulls the drone’s sensors which can cause the drone to drift or have less response from the control input. In addition, cold fingers or gloves make controlling the input more difficult.

3. Practice good battery health

When flying in cold weather, understanding how to make your battery go further can be to your advantage.

Keep your batteries warm. Hover after the takeoff. Maintain a full charge on your batteries. Go light on the throttle. Bring a portable charger for the mobile device.

After takeoff, hover between 10 to 12 feet for 30 to 60 seconds to bring up the battery temperature, giving the motors and batteries a chance to warm up. The ideal battery temperature for a drone is about 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Most drones provide you with a method to check the temperature of your batteries.

Related read: How to care for your LiPo batteries

Be aware of how heavy control inputs will tax the battery life of your drone. Full throttle demands a heavy battery current, which can cause a drop in voltage. In general, don’t tap the full throttle button until the first few minutes of flight have passed. In addition, lower the heavy control inputs because this extends your flight time. Finally, never drain the battery. Normal weather conditions mean you try to maximize your flight time. When it’s biting cold, however, this practice risks your drone. You will want to fly it until the battery has dropped 30 or 40 percent. After that, you will want to bring the drone back to earth. If you want more air time, pack a couple spare batteries.

4. Watch out for precipitation

Most drones cannot withstand precipitation, and the moisture can damage or short out the motor, gimbal, or camera. If rain or snow occurs while your drone is in flight, land as quickly as possible, then dry the propellers and the body.

5. It’s not just cold — it’s climate too

It’s not just about cold — but climate too. Flying in Vermont where the winters are cold but “dry” means you don’t have to worry as much as if you were in a cold and wet climate with more humidity, like Minnesota. If that’s the case, check for icing regularly and try not to fly through winter fog.

Moisture within the gimbal becomes problematic when you add ice and snow and melting. As the props start to spin and blow slush and snow, launch the drone from a sheet of plastic or from the carrying case.

Also, condensation can arise when you take your drone from the outside to the inside. To alleviate that problem, let it warm up slowly in the basement or in the trunk of the car.

6. Use hand warmers on your drone

To keep the drone’s batteries warm, consider putting hand warmers on them. NEVER put them directly against the battery as it lets off heat. Instead, wrap the batteries in a scarf or a glove and put the hand warmers around the batteries.

7. Understand altitude

In areas of increased altitude, propellers have to spin faster to keep flight, which means the battery will drain itself faster — also contributing to shorter flights.

8. Don’t forget about you!

While it’s important to keep the drone safe from the cold, don’t forget yourself too!

Buy specialized gloves for flying in the winter to keep your movements with the controls limber. Spyder gloves are consistently ranked among the best gloves designed with conductive material for handheld touch screen devices.

-By Jake Carter

Read more from Jake at RC Hobby Review or follow him on Facebook at @RCHOBBYREVIEW

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How fire departments are using drones to save time and money

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The following piece is a guest post from Dronefly’s Alex Netto.

From burning buildings to brushfires, firefighting drones equipped with thermal cameras can see through smoke and darkness to identify where the hotspots are and where the crew is.

With a drone, a Battalion Chief can quickly make an assessment of a situation from all angles with optical and thermal cameras from which the best decision on how to proceed can be made. Drones are the future of assisting public safety officials do their job more efficiently and more cost effectively.

Drone site Dronefly has put together an infographic highlighting the top firefighting drone use cases.

Here are some of the use cases for drones in fire departments:So what do fire departments or other public safety agencies need to do to operate a drone? Here is some of the most popular gear used by fire departments:

-By Alex Netto

Alex Netto works on the marketing team for Dronefly.com located in Los Angeles, California he enjoys drone photography (instagram @bradthedrone) and running marathons. He hopes to see the fast adoption of drones into industries ranging from public safety, inspection, agriculture, surveying, and mapping.

Twitter: @dronefly
Facebook: @dronefly
YouTube: DRONEFLY

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Drone Laws in Colorado

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Paying attention to everything the FAA has put forth since their rules and regulations were initially put into full effect is crucial for all drone fliers. Are you aware of the laws and regulations related to drones in your state, as well?

Flying Over Colorado

Unfortunately, it would seem that the only areas drone users in Colorado are able to fly legally are up in the mountains and smaller areas. A lot of areas are unclear as to whether or not drones are allowed.

Thankfully for drone enthusiasts living in Colorado, it’s legal to fly your drone in the Colorado Rockies, specifically in the highest point. Mount Evans is a whopping 14,240 feet in the air and one of the best places in the entire state to get some footage.

White River National Forest’s own Hanging Lake area is legal, apparently, as well! It’s a beautiful mountain lake that offers crystal clear waters flowing from the incredible waterfalls. Perfect for quick shots!

The Registering Process in Colorado

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) owners follow strict regulations and laws. You will need to file your name, home address and your email address as a start.

From there, you will receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration and Proof of Ownership. These will include an identification number for your aircraft. You must have this number displayed on your drone at all times. The number will be valid for up to 3 years.

All aircraft that weighs more than 0.55 pounds, or 250 grams, and less than 55 pounds, or 25 kilograms, must be registered. This also includes any added payloads, such as an onboard camera.

You must be at least 13-years-old in order to register and, effective December 21st, 2015, all newly purchased or made drones must be registered before their first flight. You are able to register through a paper-based process, but you can also do so online by clicking here.

Proximity to Airports in Colorado

As a general rule of thumb, and in accordance with the law from the FAA, you may not fly within a 5-mile radius of any airport. In 2012 the FAA enacted the Modernization and Reauthorization Act which requires hobbyist drone operators, meaning residential, to contact air traffic control and/or airport management if they are operating within a 5-mile radius of any local airport.

This is enacted nationwide, not only in Colorado, under Part 101 of the Act, being Special Rule for Model Aircraft, to ensure that drone operations under unsafe conditions are disapproved before the drone can be launched.

Regardless of the local airport you will be flying near, and possibly breaching airspace, you will need to contact either the airport air traffic control tower or the airport operator.

You will need to establish an agreed-upon operating procedure with airport air traffic or the airport operator and answer a couple of questions. For example, questions relating to how long you are going to be flying for.

Unique Drone Laws in Colorado

At this time of writing, all of the legal information listed below is deemed as accurate as possible and fully in effect.

Code of Colorado Regulations 406-0 #004 – AIDS IN TAKING WILDLIFE

C. It shall be unlawful to use a drone to look for, scout, or detect wildlife as an aid in the hunting or taking of wildlife.

For the purposes of this regulation, drone shall be defined as including, without limitation, any contrivance invented, used or designed for navigation of, or flight in the air that is unmanned or guided remotely. A drone may also be referred to as “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” (UAV) or “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System” (UAVS).

Municipal Law – Town of Telluride

During a recent council meeting, the Town of Telluride adopted multiple regulations regarding drone use. As of April 18th, 2017, the proposed ordinance has been put into place as a law.

Any drone users looking to fly must first have approval from owners of private property where the flight will take place or from the town itself. Endangering both people and wildlife and operating a drone in a reckless manner is strictly prohibited. They must also keep their distance from any wildlife or people who are not involved in the flight operation directly.

Drone users must also ensure that they are not under the influence of marijuana, alcohol, or any controlled substance in general. They must also not have any preexisting physical or mental conditions that may interfere with flying safely.

Municipal Law – Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village has enacted a law that requires all drone users to follow guidelines and regulations set in place by the FAA and by registered with the FAA.

Drones are prohibited from flying over public buildings, trails, public parks, public streets, and any area that is deemed to be city property.

Drone Ban in Local Ski Resorts

There are a number of ski resorts located across Colorado that have placed a ban on drone use, which you can inquire further on by clicking here.

Other Legal Issues With Drones in Colorado

At this time of writing, there are currently a number of bills in circulation within the state of Colorado surrounding drones.

Municipal Regulations – Town of Breckenridge

The proposed ordinance would allow local authorities to enforce FAA regulations and address interference with firefighters and local law enforcement, voyeurism and reckless operation. It also includes having a deadly weapon or firearm equipped on the drone, interfering with any government emergency operations whatsoever, and using a drone for surveillance that has not been permitted by law.

Drone users will be unable to takeoff, land, or operate in general on any property owned by the town. Prohibited by law, if approved, annoying or harassing wildlife, in general, will also be included.

Further, it would also ban drone flight over restricted areas, such as the Carter Park Dog Park, Cucumber Gulch Preserve, the local golf course and the Nordic center if golfers and/or skiers are present.

HB 15-555 Trespassing & Harassment

A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING PRIVACY IN REGARD TO EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES.

Bill Summary

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.)

A person commits the crime of first degree criminal trespass if he or she is not a peace officer or other agent of a state or local government agency acting in his or her official capacity and he or she knowingly and intentionally uses an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to observe, record, transmit, or capture images of another person when the other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

A person commits harassment if he or she is not a peace officer or other agent of a state or local government agency acting in his or her official capacity and, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she uses a UAV to track a person’s movements in or about a public place without the person’s authorization.

The bill amends existing law concerning the retention of passive surveillance records by government agencies to contemplate the retention of records that are obtained through the use of UAVs.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 18-7-802 as follows:

18-7-802. Criminal invasion of privacy by the use of a device – penalty.

EXCEPT AS DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (2) OF THIS SECTION, CRIMINAL INVASION OF PRIVACY BY USE OF A DEVICE OCCURS WHEN A PERSON KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY CAPTURES ANY PHOTOGRAPH, SOUND RECORDING, OR OTHER PHYSICAL IMPRESSION OR DIGITAL IMAGE OF ANOTHER PERSON, WITHOUT THAT PERSON’S CONSENT, IN A SITUATION WHERE THAT PERSON HAS A REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY, THROUGH THE USE OF ANY DEVICE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THERE IS A TRESPASS, IF THE PHOTOGRAPH, SOUND RECORDING, OR OTHER PHYSICAL IMPRESSION OR DIGITAL IMAGE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED WITHOUT A TRESPASS UNLESS THE DEVICE OR ANOTHER DEVICE WAS USED.

SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A PEACE OFFICER OR AN EMPLOYEE OR OTHER AGENT OF A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY ACTING IN HIS OR HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY.

CRIMINAL INVASION OF PRIVACY BY USE OF A DEVICE IS A CLASS 3 MISDEMEANOR.

SECTION 2. Act subject to petition – effective date. This act takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the ninety-day period after final adjournment of the general assembly (August 5, 2015, if adjournment sine die is on May 6, 2015); except that, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to section 1 (3) of article V of the state constitution against this act or an item, section, or part of this act within such period, then the act, item, section, or part will not take effect unless approved by the people at the general election to be held in November 2016 and, in such case, will take effect on the date of the of the official declaration of the vote thereon by the governor.

At this time of writing, this bill is still up for enforcement.

HB 16-1020 No Drones Near Airports or Jails

A person commits introducing contraband in the first degree if he or she knowingly and unlawfully operates any unmanned aircraft system (UAS) within 5 miles of a detention facility with the intent to introduce or attempt to introduce a dangerous instrument, alcohol or an alcoholic beverage, a controlled substance, or marijuana or marijuana concentrate into the detention facility.

A person shall not operate a UAS:
Within 5 miles of an airport unless the person is authorized by the airport’s air traffic control tower;
In a manner that interferes with the operation of manned aircraft;
More than 400 feet above the earth’s surface;
In a manner that is prohibited by any federal law or rule;
In violation of any temporary flight restriction (TFR) or notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the federal aviation administration (FAA); or
In the airspace directly above any detention facility.
A person who violates any of these prohibitions commits a class 1 misdemeanor. These prohibitions do not apply to the operation of a public UAS operated in compliance with any current and enforceable authorization granted by the FAA.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

FAQ on Colorado Law and Drones

If you do not see your question, or an answer to it, listed below, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll gladly give you one.

Is a drone/UAS considered the same as a model aircraft?

The United States Congress has defined and concluded that a model aircraft is only considered a drone or a UAS when the following points are met:

It’s flown for recreational purposes or as a hobby and not for any business or commercial reasons
It’s flown within visible distance, meaning being able to see it at all times, of the individual operating it
It’s capable of sustaining flight within the atmosphere, meaning that it can fly

If your model aircraft, regardless of whether or not you acquired it pre-built or built it yourself, meets the above points to your knowledge, it’s considered a drone/UAS.

What is the Small UAS Rule?

The Small UAS Rule requires those who have unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, that weigh less than 55 pounds, payload included, to register their aircraft with the FAA. This only applies to recreational or hobby fliers and not commercial drone use, however.

Is the FAA’s Small UAS Rule still in effect?

Yes, it has been in effect from August 29th of 2016 and is still in effect at this time of writing.

Do I have to carry my Certificate of Aircraft Registration while flying my UAS at all times?

Yes, you must have the registration certificate from the FAA at all times during flight operation. In accordance with federal law,

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