Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The City of San Diego has developed an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) policy that allows for local law enforcement action in serious cases of infractions, while still allowing for the use of drones for infrastructure inspections, photography, and general recreation. The information here is intended as a basic overview of the City’s drone ordinance, as well as valuable resources for drone users.
|Fly for Fun||Fly for Work|
|Pilot Requirements||Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs.||Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
Must be 16 years old
Must pass TSA vetting
|Aircraft Requirements||No FAA registration required.||
Mus be less than 55lbs.
|Location Requirements||5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control||Glass G airspace*|
Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
|Example Applications||Educational of recreational flying only||Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
*These rules are subject to FAA waiver. Source https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started
For most up to date information on rules, regulations, and restrictions, visit www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org