Today’s question is about drone laws. Specifically, what should a drone pilot do when flying near manned aircraft?
Our caller for today, German is from Florida. Recently, when flying his drone at a 200 feet altitude, he came dangerously close to a helicopter. So, can helicopters legally fly at such low altitudes? And, should drone pilots always yield to manned aircraft even if they are flying with all the necessary permissions?
With drone deliveries set to take flight, we also discuss if there is an urgent need to tweak drone laws. For all this and much, much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, German. Fly Safe!
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- [15:43] Should drone pilots always yield to manned aircraft?
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