was my father, Bob McKune, who introduced me to drones in 2013. He was
82 years of age at the time. I helped him put together and fly his
first drone - a DJI Phantom 1. We recognized the public service and
commercial benefits of aerial imagery, and we applied for an FAA Section 333
Excemption for those reasons. We always believed in doing things by the
book - and still do. In April 2016, the FAA granted Exemption 16596 to me.
We had both long enjoyed photography, and he had instilled a love of drones,
flying, and the unique perspectives that aerial imagery brings. On August
29, 2016, the FAA Part 107 regulations for flying
drones commercially became law. I studied for and passed the required FAA exam.
Here we are
flying Dad's first drone in the spring of 2013. How many 82 year olds
have you seen flying drones?
Doing Drones Right
Drones are fascinating devices, and there are a number of folks out there
who fly for fun, but cross the line when it comes to safety and commercial
use. While the FAA regulations provide for those flying for recreation
as modelers under Section 336, the FAA has made it clear that even modelers
and those flying drones as a hobby must follow safety regulations, and
cannot fly in furtherance of a business, even if there is no
compensation (see our FAQ page
). McKune Air is
commercially licensed, and follows all FAA flight and safety regulations.
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