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Look! Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane... It's a DRONE!

November 30, 2016

Children flying their new holiday drone may be surprised when fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to up to three years in prison for operating an unregistered aircraft. Ignorance is no excuse! The new FAA law, 14 CFR, Part 107, went into effect October 29, 2016 with little fanfare. “So You Wanna Be A Drone Pilot?” is the one-stop-shop for everything you need to know to earn your commercial drone license or just stay out of jail while hobby flying. The author, Perk, hopes to spread the word and help keep a few drone pilots out of prison this year.

The FAA uploaded a new video to their website, on Thanksgiving, to warn our future fliers. Y'all check out the FAA website on a regular basis, don't you? All pilots are expected to stay abreast of current regulations and no-fly areas. This includes hobby fliers.

The FAA is in charge of everything in the air, outside. Model aircraft, model rockets and unmanned balloons are excluded from the jurisdiction of the FAA, but the new law specifically codifies the FAA's enforcement power over these activities. If you endanger the federal airspace, you will be punished.

The fledgling drone-parazzi best heed this warning or the federal repercussions could be consequential. You could not fly over the TN wildfires, for instance. This book may not be as colorful as Hemingway, but it is certainly livelier than Tolstoy and it just might keep you or a loved one out of the gulag.

The most common questions Perk hears:

“Can my child be arrested for flying a toy drone in our backyard?”

Yes. If the aircraft is not registered. It's almost the same as stealing a car, only worse. A felony.

“Why didn't anyone tell me this toy drone was illegal?”

It is only illegal when flown outside and unregistered.

“How can they sell me this illegal toy drone?”

It depends on how you use it. Inside is OK, outside may be illegal. Why don't you know the rules?

“Who says my child can be thrown in prison for three years for flying a toy drone outside?”

If it is unregistered? The Federal Aviation Administration. They don't joke around about air safety.

“So You Wanna Be A Drone Pilot?” by Perk Perkins, ©2016, 165 pages, 5 x 8 paperback, available on Amazon.

Don't leave the ground without it!

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