City of Cleburne News

Posted on: October 19, 2017

Drones: Toys or Tools?


Drones toys or tools?

Are you a drone user?  Did you know that when purchasing a drone that there are Federal Laws and Regulations that come along with it?

The Federal Aviation Administration is the ruling authority of all things flying.  If it flies it is considered an aircraft and is subject to FAA rules and regulations.  From remote controlled airplanes/helicopters to commercial airliners they all are under the jurisdiction of the FAA.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are not just toys but also can be tools used for aerial surveying, photography services, roof inspections, real estate photography or emergency management/search and rescue missions.

The FAA has a website dedicated to UAS (Drone) use and they also give you information on how to become a licensed UAS (Drone) pilot.  If you fly for fun there are no pilot requirements but if you fly for work you must have a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate, be at least 16 years old and pass TSA (Transportation Security Administration) vetting.  Flying for work/hire is when you receive money for services rendered and you fall under the commercial use regulations.

If you fly for fun or hire it is important that you have an understanding of the requirements and rules for the use of your UAS (Drone) to insure the safety of your aircraft and the flying public.  Yes an airplane is a lot larger than a Drone but a Drone can cause damage to an aircraft and in some instances cause an accident. 

Flying is fun no matter which way you choose to enjoy it, we just want it to be a safe and fun experience for everyone. 

For more information please go to and for UAS pilots use the B4UFLY mobile app to locate your area airports and give notification of your flight.

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