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Drone Safety & Regulations

madcap obeys all national and state regulations in regards to aerial flight, and maintains situational awareness to conclude each flight safely.

This page serves as a brief overview of the rules contained in the FAA Part 107 Documentation. For the most reliable information, please visit faa.gov/UAS.

1) What is Part 107?

Created in 2016, the 14 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 107 is the Federal Aviation Administration’s rule for operating small Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones.

2) What aircraft fall under Part 107?

Part 107 covers small Unmanned Aerial Systems under 55 pounds in weight. Heavier unmanned systems are registerred and regulated under a separate rule.

Any aircraft operated for commercial purposes (under Part 107), as well as recreationally flown drones weighing over 0.55 pounds need to be registered with the FAA and receive a tail number.

3) Why is madcap licensed under Part 107?

Anyone flying a drone in furtherance of a business or for any reason other than solely hobbyist should register for an assessment to receive a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA to be certified to fly under Part 107.

Flying commercially without being licensed prior can result in some hefty civil punishments, including a four-figure fine for both the person who hired the work out as well as the drone pilot themself.

Note: Minnesota has increased restrictions on commercial drone operations including the need to register with MnDOT and carry insurance specific to aerial operations.

4) Where is madcap prohibited from flying?

Areas where madcap and other commercial sUAS pilots may not fly can vary, but in general, operations are prohibited:

  • Near stadiums and sporting events during the time an event is taking place
  • National Security Protected Areas – including military bases and areas defined as critical infrastructure
  • Areas with temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) – including large events
  • Emergency operations – including traffic accidents, crime scenes, and fires
  • Flying in or around an airport or it’s approach area

These are general guidelines, and special permission may be obtained depending on the client, time of day, and reason for flying.

5) Under what conditions can madcap fly?

madcap will conduct a pre-flight safety check which includes a check of airspace, weather, and any nearby hazards. madcap reserves the right to cancel the flight mission at any point for safety concerns.

Assuming conditions are safe to fly in, madcap follows all federal restrictions, including:

  • The drone must stay within our visual line of sight at all times
  • Fly below 400 ft Above Ground Level (AGL) or 400 ft above a building where an inspection is being conducted.
  • Fly below 100 miles per hour
  • Yielding the right of way to manned aircraft

Please note: madcap has been licensed to fly over people as well as to conduct nighttime operations, something which many aerial companies are not able to do.

6) What safety precautions does madcap take?

  • A designated landing zone is determined prior to any flight mission
  • Our drones are programmed to immediately and safely return to the landing zone automatically should anything go wrong in flight
  • We utilize visual observers when necessary to assist in keeping drone operations safe
  • We are fully insured for drone operations we undergo

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