On today’s episode, we talk to Vic Zayas in North Carolina. Vic recently discovered that drone pilots in North Carolina need much more than a Part 107 certificate to fly commercially in the state. For those of you who are not familiar, commercial drone pilots in North Carolina are required to pass and NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test in order to fly their drone. Additionally, they must obtain a state permit in order to operate a commercial drone business in the state.
Unfortunately, these laws are a direct contradiction of the FAA’s standing regulations. We discuss some of the problems with North Carolina’s drone laws and provide advice for pilots in NC. We also talk about why North Carolina is the only state with drone laws like this. We hope we answered your question, Vic. Fly safe!
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- [01:32] Today’s topic revolves around North Carolina drone regulation
- [02:46] Which is the only body that controls airspace in the United States?
- [03:23] Is there a likelihood of North Carolina drone laws being struck down in court?
- [03:40] Are you permitted to fly your drone in state parks in California or Colorado? Is it easy to gets a permit in these states?
- [04:03] Considering that FAA is the central governing body and is in charge of issuing a federal license to fly a drone, does North Carolina have the authority to issue drone permits?
- [06:00] What is the rationale behind North Carolina issuing state drone permits?
- [06:10] Are there instances where the North Carolina state laws for flying drones are in direct violation of Part 107?
- [07:18] Can a Part 107 license holder be arrested for flying a drone in North Carolina? What is the correct way of dealing with local authorities in this scenario?
- [08:20] Can states control where you take off and land your drone?
- [09:21] Does the North Carolina state government have the authority to blanket the entire state since they have control on where you take off and land your drone?
- [10:14] Can the commerce clause provided in the Constitution preempt state laws?
- [11:51] Why is the FAA letting North Carolina regulate state drone laws which are in violation of Part 107?
- [17:50] Does Florida have state drone regulation similar to North Carolina?
- [21:09] Check your TFR’s and Notam’s before flying your drone