FAA: Operations Over People

Drone Operations Over People Rule – 4/21/21
FAA Notice Number: NOTC1791

Part 107 Pilots: The Operations Over People rule is effective today (4//21/21)! Remote pilots operating under Part 107 may fly at night, over people and moving vehicles without a waiver as long as they meet the requirements defined in the rule. Airspace authorizations are still required for night operations in controlled airspace under 400 feet. 

(ed:) This does NOT mean that you are automatically approved, it means you can REQUEST approval for your specific situation for  your specific aircraft. READ THE RULES!

Currently, LAANC only allows for approval of daytime authorizations, however, the system will be expanded to allow night authorizations by fall 2021. In the interim, night authorizations at or below the approved altitude in the UAS Facility Maps will consist of two separate authorizations that combined, allow you to fly at night:

1. Daytime authorization

2. National Authorization: extends the duration of a daytime LAANC authorization to allow nighttime operations for the same date indicated on the daytime LAANC authorization

Note: If your operation requires you to fly above the UAS Facility Maps altitude, you must use Drone Zone for your authorization request.

For general inquiries on these new regulations and other UAS inquiries, please call 844-FLY-MY-UA or email the FAA.