So, last night I encountered 2 drones(?) while walking the dogs around 10 pm. South Marfa. Totally quiet, slow moving, amber lit, hovering at about 30-50ft. Quite small... kinda like large fireflies... Weird right? Any word on what/ who these are?
They appear to be an invasive species which have permeated Marfa. Generally it's someone making their next "great film" or filming themselves walking down Highland Avenue. An appropriate hand gesture is my usual response and if the little drone persists, usually a rock or sling shot does the trick.
Post by GliderBurt on Jul 28, 2017 10:28:20 GMT -6
Drones are regulated the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA calls them UAS, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The FAA regulates all aircraft including drones in the National Airspace, which starts at the ground and up almost to space.
Remote pilots of commercial use drones must be licensed by the FAA. Rules (with some exceptions) include NOT flying over people and NOT flying at night. Cannot fly over 400 feet and within 400 feet of a structure. Cannot fly in the airspace of airports without specific permission. This includes the Marfa Airport and McGuire Ranch Airport. Both are within the 5 miles of Marfa town.
Federal penalties apply and if someone is injured by a drone, liability is an issue. Federal Aviation Regulations for drones (Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS) are found at CFR 107 at www.faa.gov READ THE RULES! Any law enforcement agency can enforce the FAA regulations and confiscate the drone and detain and report the pilot to the FAA for investigation.
Enjoy your drones but fly them in unpopulated areas away from the two local airports. If used for commercial purposes, comply with the UAS regulations and the pilot must be licensed by the FAA.
As a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, I hold a FAA Remote Pilot license so I can accompany an unlicensed remote pilot while that person operates the drone. I can also administer FAA UAS (drone) license tests.
I can review the rules and exceptions with any drone pilot if requested.