for the Holidays? Remember the Preflight Checklist
IDOT reminds public of safety regulations
for popular Christmas gift
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[December 17, 2015]
– With drone sales taking off approaching the holidays, the Illinois
Department of Transportation urges the public to get up to speed on
safety guidelines before going airborne.
“While drones can be a lot of fun and make a great gift, they
also come with a responsibility,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Safety always should be the top
priority. We are asking both recreational and commercial drone
users to take some time to become familiar with a few
commonsense rules and avoid running into turbulence.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is predicting as many
as one million unmanned
aerial vehicles -- drones or UAVs -- to be sold during the
holiday season, making it one of the more popular gifts this
year. The agency cited more than 650 incidents this year where
aircraft pilots encountered UAVs while in flight.
According to federal regulations, all drones are considered
aircraft, even ones purchased at your local department store.
When you fly a drone in the nation’s airspace, you become a
Before taking to the skies, please go through a preflight
- Do not fly your drone more than 400 feet above the
- Always maintain a line of sight with the drone when you
- Federal rules prohibit drones from being flown within
five miles of an airport, without
first contacting the airport.
- Avoid flying over large groups of people, including
stadiums and sports events, or
emergency response efforts, such as fires or traffic
- Do not fly under the influence.
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Gov. Bruce Rauner this year created the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task
decide rules for drones in Illinois. Recommendations are due July 1, 2016. For
more information on drone safety, please visit KnowBeforeYouFly.Org.
The FAA requires that UAVs used for recreational purposes to be registered prior
to operation outdoors, if they are purchased on or after Dec. 21. For more
information and to register, visit
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