Drone Height Restriction of 400ft by FAA

Drone Height Restriction of 400ft by FAA

Recently the FAA released some proposed rules for commercial drone operators. As I listened intently to the conference call, I was pleasantly surprised by the stance taken by the FAA.

They were actually pretty reasonable.

My biggest concern was the fear that they would require commercial drone operators to obtain a pilot's license (which would be as absurd as making someone get a driver's license to drive a remote controlled car around).

Fortunately, that wasn't the case.

One area they stuck to, however, was the height limit they would impose of 400 feet.

For a few drone operators, the 400 foot height restriction seemed to be unreasonable. From a practical standpoint, I think those concerns are unjustified.

To prove my point, I took my drone out today to fly and took still shots from both 200ft and 400ft. You can see those images below...

Height from 200ft, shot with GoPro Hero4+
Height from 400ft shot with GoPro Hero4+

As you can see, for most commercial applications, a height of 200 feet is plenty high enough to capture some amazing aerial views.

At 400 feet, the images on the ground are minute and difficult to see anyway. I don’t think that anyone using a drone to shoot aerial video and photography should be concerned with the 400 foot ceiling imposed by the FAA. There will be exceptions of course, but for the majority of us, this restriction shouldn’t interfere with our business practices in the slightest.

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