FAA Busts Seven Myths Regarding Commercial Drone Operations

FAA_LogoOn its website, the FAA addresses seven myths regarding the commercial operation of drones. 1. The FAA doesn’t control the airspace below 400 feet. 2. Commercial drone flights are okay over private property and below 400 feet. 3. Commercial drone operations are a “gray area” in FAA regulations. 4. There are too many commercial drone operations for the FAA to stop. 5. Commercial drone operations will be okay after September 30, 2015. 6. The FAA is lagging behind other countries in approving commercial drones. 7. The FAA predicts as many as 30,000 drones by 2030.


  1. AlbertBeckwith says:

    Thank You for verifying the policy.
    I have been operating below 400ft altitude as a recreational use.
    This opens the door for me to be able Low Altitude photos in addition to those
    at higher altitudes.
    We have been doing Aerial Photographs since 1975
    .Al Beckwith

  2. ManyDecadesGA says:

    ManyDecadesGA says:
    February 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm
    The FAA’s fact sheet is replete with untested assertions and potentially ambiguous if not even misleading information, rather than “Facts”. It may even be presenting arguably incorrect or unjustified information. There is no regulatory basis yet for some of the assertions being made in that “Fact Sheet”. Without FAA following due process, and issuing public notice, such as by issuance of a suitable ANPRM or NPRM, and then issuance of a final rule, much of that policy material is simply still policy, not the FAR. Even if it has been coordinated with AGC-1, it remains policy unless it has been specified in the FAR, clarified in an AC based on a specific FAR, or has been tested as a legal interpretation. Some of that material is hence still ambiguous, if not even arguable, because it likely goes beyond its regulatory basis, as stated in the original preambles to the respective airspace and operating rules. So while some of this material may even make sense, and be politically correct, and may someday even be enacted into the FAR, it isn’t yet. For example FAA does not presently have authority for specifying the use of the airspace within someone’s house, commercial or not, whether or not it is above 0 ft. MSL. Let’s hope they never do. Further, the last time I checked US legal principles relative to application of the CFR (and with the ICAO Annexes too, and SARPS), operations are not precluded unless there is a specific provision cited in the FAR precluding a specific operation, other perhaps than might be applied using the FAA’s Catch 22 “fishing license” rules, such as 91.13 and 61.53.