RCP Standards of Conduct

In addition to our RCP Pilot Safety Guidelines, DroneUp pilots must agree to the following RCP Standards of Conduct (Updated Feb 15, 2018):

Applicability: All DroneUp® UAV/Drone Pilots, community volunteers, and other mission participants (hereinafter collectively referred to as ‘Operators’).

Guiding Principles

  1. Future success of the unmanned systems industry is directly impacted by how professionally our community operates its vehicles and systems.
  2. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt that exists among government agencies and communities will gradually diminish only if we maintain the highest ethical and operational standards.
  3. We utilize our unmanned vehicles: (a) For profit ONLY when appropriate; (b) To assist our communities WHENEVER needed.
  4. Federal, state, local, and FAA regulations are not just guidance or suggestions; they are laws that govern our behavior.
  5. We hold ourselves and others within our community to these standards.

FAA Guidelines for safe recreational sUAS operations

  • Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by membership organizations.
  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Keep your sUAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
  • Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
  • Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport. (Read about best practices here)
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.

DroneUp Operator Requirements

  1. Operators are solely responsible for understanding and abiding by the rules implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). https://www.faa.gov/uas/
  2. Operators are solely responsible for complying with all applicable legal requirements for the operation of any aircraft, including the detection and avoidance of other aircraft.
  3. Operators must at all times comply with all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations related to the operation of unmanned aerial and other devices, including any applicable laws with regard to property and privacy.
  4. Operators are solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining all necessary licenses, consents, and authorizations of any kind.
  5. Operators are solely responsible for their actions and any consequences of their operation and behavior.
  6. Operators and site users are solely responsible for any posted user content and the consequences of posting their user content on/in the sites, apps, or other locations associated with our services.
  7. Users are solely responsible for any posting or action that results in a violation of any individual’s or organization’s privacy rights.
  8. Operators must always be in command of their aircraft, fly line-of-sight, and always be ready to assume direct control when necessary.
  9. Operators will operate safely and at appropriate distances from people.
  10. Operators must ensure all software, firmware, and reference systems are current.
  11. Operators are aware of hazards, including terrain, obstructions, wind, rain, and temperature which can negatively impact the performance of their drone and battery.
  12. Operators must have adequate insurance to protect themselves and 3rd parties who may be impacted by the operator’s actions or potential hardware failures.

Guidelines for Neighborly Drone Use

We also adhere to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration’s (NTIA) recommended voluntary best practices as follows:

  1. If you can, tell other people you’ll be taking pictures or video of them before you do so.
  2. If you think someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy, don’t violate that privacy by taking pictures, video, or otherwise gathering sensitive data, unless you’ve got a very good reason.
  3. Don’t fly over other people’s private property without permission if you can easily avoid doing so.
  4. Don’t gather personal data for no reason, and don’t keep it for longer than you think you have to.
  5. If you keep sensitive data about other people, secure it against loss or theft.
  6. If someone asks you to delete personal data about him or her that you’ve gathered, do so, unless you’ve got a good reason not to.
  7. If anyone raises privacy, security, or safety concerns with you, try and listen to what they have to say, as long as they’re polite and reasonable about it.
  8. Don’t harass people with your drone.