Drone Pilots Association Code of Conduct
1. No pilot will fly any drone without first obtaining proper (a) general aeronautical knowledge; (b) general meteorological knowledge; and (c) general airspace knowledge, as these areas of knowledge are published in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.
2. No pilot will fly any drone without first assessing all factors that might affect the safety of the intended flight and will only conduct flights within their level of knowledge, skill and experience, and when the risk of injury to persons or property would be considered minimal to a pilot having the same or greater level of knowledge, skill and experience.
3. No pilot will fly any drone without having first ensured that the drone is airworthy, and that they are competent to pilot the drone.
4. Except as otherwise provided, no pilot will fly any drone
(a) at an altitude that would be unsafe for the geographical area within which he or she is flying; or
(b) within an unsafe distance of any person or persons without the express or implied consent of that person or those persons; or
(c) within an unsafe distance of any man-made structure without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in control of that structure; or
(d) within 5 statute miles of any regularly used public or private airport, heliport or seaport, without first making a good faith attempt to notify the airport’s control tower (if the airport has an open control tower), and the airport’s owner or operator, to provide (1) the drone’s make, model, color and FAA registration number; (2) the drone’s weight and dimensions; (3) the intended flight location, and (4) the intended altitude and duration of the flight.
5. No pilot will fly any drone in any manner that would violate any federal statute, any legitimately promulgated federal aviation regulation, or any FAA-issued temporary or permanent flight restriction that expressly applies to unmanned aircraft.
6. Except as otherwise provided herein, no pilot will fly any drone in weather conditions other than that equivalent to “VFR” conditions for manned aircraft.
7. No pilot will fly any drone in any manner that would (a) interfere with or create a hazard for any manned aircraft; (b) interfere with or hinder any police, fire or emergency medical services; (c) disturb or endanger livestock or wildlife or (d) present any actual hazard to persons or property on the ground.
Please note: Provided a drone pilot is not flying in federally-prohibited or federally-restricted airspace, and is not otherwise acting in violation of (a), (b) (c) or (d) of paragraph 7, a mere overflight of any property, whether publicly- or privately-owned, is not considered to be anything other than the exercise of the statutory “public right of transit” that all persons enjoy through navigable airspace, pursuant to 49 U.S. Code § 40103(a)(2).
8. No pilot will fly any drone in any manner that would violate any State or Local law or regulation of general applicability, or any State or Local law or regulation regarding land use or zoning.
9. No pilot will fly any drone within eight (8) hours of consumption of alcohol or ingestion of any other substance that might negatively affect their ability to operate the craft safely.
10. Drone pilots conducting public service flights, such as search and rescue, firefighting, emergency medical services, law enforcement or any other service flight the sole purpose of which is to benefit the public, shall be exempt from the provisions of paragraph 4 sections (b) and (c) and the provisions of paragraph 6, provided that such flights are conducted in a manner that does not jeopardize the safety of persons and property.