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Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by kemosabe421, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. kemosabe421

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    I assume that the altitude limit of 400 feet is measured from where the Phantom took off.
    Can you over ride the 400 foot limit?

    Thanks,

    Kemo
     
  2. mede8er

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    Yes...alt and distance settings in assistant...go to "Advanced" then "Limits"....
     
  3. rrmccabe

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    With the exception of the no fly zones.
     
  4. mtsoule

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    I see the FAA just put in the 400ft limit, didn't it used to be 1000ft? that's what my P2V is set for... or have I been breaking the law all this time?
     
  5. sonof40

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    Good question.
     
  6. BlackTracer

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    I know it has been 400ft since I began flying in May of 2014.
     
  7. MapMaker53

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    I believe small UAS maximum (FAA) altitude is 400' and manned aircraft minimum is 500' (unless taking off and landing). That provides a 100' safety buffer. Any licensed pilots here please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  8. RoyVa

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    FAA Giidelines

    Model aircraft operations are for hobby or recreational purposes only.

    The FAA has partnered with several industry associations to promote Know Before You Fly, a campaign to educate the public about using unmanned aircraft safely and responsibly. Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:

    • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
    • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
    • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
    • Don't fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
    • Don't fly near people or stadiums
    • Don't fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
    • Don't be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft
    The statutory parameters of a model aircraft operation are outlined in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012) (PDF). Individuals who fly within the scope of these parameters do not require permission to operate their UAS; any flight outside these parameters (including any non-hobby, non-recreational operation) requires FAA authorization. For example, using a UAS to take photos for your personal use is recreational; using the same device to take photographs or videos for compensation or sale to another individual would be considered a non-recreational operation.
     
  9. Mark The Droner

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    My understanding is that in urban areas, manned aircraft must be at least 1000 feet minimum. It drops down to 500 feet minimum in a rural area, but the 500 feet is measured from the top of the highest visible structure. So if you're flying a Cessna and there is a 200 ft tower nearby, the minimum flight would be 700 feet from the surface. So this increases the "buffer." But what we all need to worry about is - not just hobby UAV pilots who choose to fly too high, but also small manned aircraft who choose to fly too low.

    IIRC from what I read, manned aircraft can fly even lower in barren regions such as open desert or open water.
     
  10. sdtag

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    I'm not a pilot but that is exactly right.