MassDOT: Know the rules of the Drone Road

Hampden County

(WWLP) – Massachusetts Department of Transportation is reminding the public to know the rules of the Drone Road.

After public reports of drone use over Fenway Park in Boston Thursday night during the ninth inning of the Red Sox game, MassDOT Aeronautics Division wants the public to know the rules of the Drone Road.

In a news release to 22News, Aeronautics Administrator Jeffrey Decarlo said, “We are strongly urging drone owners to become aware of the rules for operation as outlined on the website of the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones are not a toy. They should be operated only under specific circumstances and for specific purposes in order to ensure the safety of the public.”  

Here are the following safety protocols: 

  • Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports 
  • Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people 
  • Never fly near emergencies such as fires or hurricane recovery efforts 
  • Never fly a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol 
  • Respect privacy and stay within an appropriate operational area – drones should not be flown above private properties, such a neighbor’s backyard 
  • Do not fly in bad weather conditions or during low visibility 
  • Operate drones only during daytime hours and within sight.  To maintain visual contact, do not rely on binoculars or try to follow a drone by traveling inside a moving vehicle. 
  • Do not fly the drone higher than 400 feet. 

The FAA has also implemented registration requirements:  

  • Registration is necessary for drones weighing less than 55 pounds and more than 0.55 pounds.
  • Additional requirements must be adhered to for drones weighing more than 55 pounds. Visit the FAA online at FAA.GOV for more information on registering your drone

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