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Can you fly a drone at night? Well, the answer to this question now is YES!!!Earlier it was illegal under FAA rules Part 107.29 to fly drones at night. But as many drone operations, such as anti-poaching, search, and rescue or emergency response occur at night. And FAA has received more than 4 thousand requests from operators or companies wanted to operate at night. Here is what you need to do if you want to fly a drone at night.
How to fly a drone at nightYou DO need a waiver when you want to operate a drone contrary to the rules in part 107 under the waivable operations listed. Flying a drone at night comes under the waivable operations list and you need to apply for a waiver before you want to fly your drone at night.
What is A Waiver
A waiver is an official document issued by the FAA which approves certain operations of aircraft outside the limitations of regulation.You may request to fly specific drone operations not allowed under part 107 by requesting an operational waiver. These waivers allow drone pilots to deviate from certain rules under part 107 by demonstrating they can still fly safely using alternative methods.
When Do You Require a Waiver
How to Apply For A Waiver
- Decide what kind of waiver you require. Request a waiver for only what you need to fly your mission. In this case, you need a waiver for night flying(107.29).
- Log into FAA’s DroneZone.
- Create an account, or log into your existing account. Select “Fly an sUAS under Part 107.” (Note: You do not need to register a drone to request a waiver. When prompted to input make/model information for your drone, simply keep selecting “next” to bypass the payment forms.) Submit your application, including all supporting documents and attachments, through your FAA DroneZone account. Select the “Operational Waiver” option.
- The FAA will review and approve or disapprove waiver requests within 90 days of submission. Processing times will vary based on the complexity of your request and the completeness of your initial application.
Are your ready to Fly Drone at Night?There is more to flying at night than simply obtaining a waiver and a GPS signal. Pilots need to get prepared for night operations, especially the way your eyes react to low light is an important factor to consider. Do not ever fly over anybody’s property that is considered as invasion of privacy.
So once you get your waiver certificate from the FAA, keep the above-mentioned thing in mind and fly responsibly.TIP Fly with anti-collision lights during night flying as required by the FAA to ensure other aircraft can spot you drone.