1.3 Operational Limitations

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1) WEIGHT LIMITATIONS: An sUAS must weigh less than 55 pounds.

2) REGISTRATION WEIGHT LIMITATIONS: An sUAS weighing between .55 and 55 pounds must be registered with the FAA weather, it be for recreational or work purposes.

3) MAXIMUM SPEED: An sUAS cannot be flown at a ground speed greater than 100mph (87 knots).

4) MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: An sUAS cannot be operated at an altitude greater than 400 feet AGL (above ground level) unless flown within a 400 feet radius of a structure and not exceed 400 feet higher than the structures uppermost point.

5) VISIBILITY: sUAS operations require a minimum visibility of 3 statute miles. VLOS must be maintained by a VO capable of seeing the aircraft with unaided vision (other than corrective lenses). Vision aids, such as binoculars , may be used only momentarily to enhance situational awareness.

6) CLOUD CLEARANCE: 500 feet below the clouds and 2000 feet horizontally from the cloud.

7) RIGHT-OF-WAY RULES: sUAS operations must yield the right-of-way to all manned or unmanned aircrafts, including aircrafts operating at ground level (often referred to as “See and Avoid”).

8) OPERATIONS OVER NON-PARTICIPANTS: UA operations may not take place over an individual unless the individual is directly involved with the operation, or within a safe cover.

9) OPERATIONS FROM A MOVING VEHICLE: sUAS operations from a moving vehicle is permitted from a moving land or waterborne vehicle over a sparsely populated area.

10) CIVIL TWILIGHT: Morning civil twilight is the 30 minutes prior to sunrise and evening civil twilight is 30 minutes post sunset.

11) DAYLIGHT OPERATIONS: 14 CFR Part 107 Prohibits operations of an UA at night. As defined in 14 CFR Part 1 as the time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight, as published in the Federal Air Almanac, and converted to local time.

12) CARRIAGE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: The carriage of hazardous material is not permitted. Lithium batteries that are installed in an sUAS for power is not considered a hazardous material.