RCP Safety Guidelines

In addition to our RCP Standard of Conduct, DroneUp pilots must agree to the following safety guidelines (Updated Feb 15, 2018):

  • Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).
  • Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS. Alternatively, the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of a dedicated visual observer (VO) in close proximity to the pilot. The flight operation may use a VO but that is not required.
  • First-person view (FPV) goggles can be used by the pilot only when a VO is also present and in close proximity to the pilot.
  • At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small UAS for those people to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
  • Small unmanned aircraft may not be operated over any persons not directly participating in the operation who are not under a covered structure or not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  • Daylight-only operations: small unmanned aircraft must operate in daylight or may operate in civil twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
  • Unmanned aircraft operators must yield right of way to other aircraft.
  • Maximum groundspeed of the unmanned aircraft is 100 mph (87 knots).
  • Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if higher than 400 feet AGL, remain within 400 feet of a structure.
  • Minimum weather visibility of 3 miles from control station with 500 feet of visibility below the clouds and above the aircraft and 2000 feet horizontally between the clouds and the aircraft.
  • Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required Air Traffic Control (ATC) permission.
  • Operations in Class G airspace are allowed without ATC permission.
  • No person may act as a remote pilot in command or VO for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at one time.
  • No operations from a moving aircraft.
  • No operations from a moving vehicle unless the operation is over a sparsely populated area.
  • No careless or reckless operations.
  • No carriage of hazardous materials.
  • Requires preflight inspection by the remote pilot in command.
  • A person may not operate a small unmanned aircraft if he or she knows or has reason to know of any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of a small UAS.
  • External load operations are allowed if the object being carried by the unmanned aircraft is securely attached and does not adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft.
  • The pilot and the aircraft cannot endanger the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • DroneUp pilots responding to DroneUp flight missions that may be near emergency responders will monitor the DroneUp mission communication channels to ensure they are following the orders of the emergency responders. If there is any doubt about possible interference with emergency responders, stay on the ground.