No rules against drones at Highline
By Kelsey Par - Staff Reporter
For the last few years, the Federal Aviation Administration has been battling with consumers on the subject of drones.
The FAA is predicting that more than 2.5 million drones will be sold in 2016.
There have been several instances where drones have crashed into buildings, airplanes, people and have even been used to watch people without their knowledge.
However, peeping into your neighbor's window and crashing into the Space Needle aren't the recommended use for drones.
Beyond recreational use, drones can be used for a variety of purposes. They have been used to help farmers, assist in construction, sell real estate, fight crime, observe wildlife, guard the border and even deliver medicine.
For those wanting to use drones simply for entertainment, the FAA is enforcing a new set of rules.
"Highline College currently does not have specific policies or rules on the use of drones on campus," said Michael Pham, vice president for Administration. However, there are rules and regulations enforced by the FAA that must be followed:
Drones must not be flown more than 400 feet above ground level; drones must not be flown within five miles of an airport or landing strip; drones must be kept in line of sight; crafts must not be flown in National Oceanic and Atmospheric zones or flight restricted zones; and they shouldn't be flown near pedestrians, wildlife, or private property.
Drones must always yield right of way to manned aircraft.
Drones weighing over 0.55 pounds are required to be registered by the FAA. Drones can't weigh more than 55 pounds. If your drone is not registered you may face legal consequences.
Before flying your drone, fill out an online drone registration application at federaldroneregistration.com. Next your registration process will begin and a registration certificate will be emailed to you shortly after. You will then receive a registration number to mark on each drone that will be tied to the owner.
Drones can be registered online at federaldroneregistration.com. For more information, visit www.faa.gov/uas or call 866-835-5322.