I found this Q&A in my search:
Q: Do I have to maintain visual contact with a small drone at all times?
A: FAA guidelines state that a pilot must maintain visual contact with the drone at all times. There is also a maximum height restriction of 400 feet.
If a drone flies out of controller range, it should have the ability to return to a programmed home location. Some advanced drones can send back real-time video data to the controller, but most consumer-level models don’t have that capability.
Q: Are there locations where drone flights are never permitted?
A: Drones may never fly
within five miles of an airport or military base. National parks are also off-limits
, as is the White House. As tempting as it might be, drones cannot be flown over sports stadiums or outdoor concert venues, either. Drone operators should also avoid flying directly over public roadways and crowds of people.
The National Parks restriction now really puts a damper on my plans. I may scrap the idea altogether.
I also discovered that FAA requires all Drones to be licensed if they are flown outside
, including toys!?! I'm sure most are in violation of that rule. Also, commercial photography is illegal using a drone even with a license. However, amateur photography is legal. Real estate sales and wedding and event photographers have been fined for this violation.
I'm not sure I want to go that old route of rather saying I'm sorry, I didn't know, as opposed to asking for permission.
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