Know Before You Fly
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy of Model Aeronautics to launch the “Know Before You Fly” educational campaign. This campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise oftentimes referred to drones.
Safety Guidelines for Recreational Users
- Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
- Keep your UAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
- Remain clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
- Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
- Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
- Do not fly near or oversensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, and government facilities.
- Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
- Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires all owners of model aircraft, small unmanned aircraft or drones, or other remote-controlled aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register online before taking to the skies. The registration fee is $5 and is valid for three years.
The online registration system will require drone owners 13 years and older to submit their name, email and home address to receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership. This will include a unique identification number owners must affix to any drone they own and operate exclusively for recreation.
Additional information regarding drone operation, best practices, safety regulations, and registration is provided on the Know Before You Fly website. For more information about drone use in the City, contact Aliso Viejo Police Services at 949-425-2564.