Many drones can exceed 400' in the USA but that is the hobby ceiling height as per the FAA. Just because it can go higher than 400' doesn't mean you should do so but in some cases it is OK, like flying up a mountain where you will likely be much higher than 400'. Liken it to automobiles that can go much faster than the speed limits.
If you are in the USA this information is not exactly correct. 400' is the recommended safe ceiling (manned, fixed-wing aircraft lower limit is 500', helicopters are less restricted). That being said, AMA members, for example, can fly over 400', or at night as hobby fliers without breaking any rules. The rules are definitely hard to navigate and evolving. Here is the list of rules for hobby fliers (non-commercial) from the FAA.You should know that 400’ above the ground is the legal ceiling of all drones in the us, commercial or hobby, flying above 400’ is only allowed when u either obtain a waiver or permission from the FAA, or if you are with int 400’ of a supported structure like I explained above, or in an emergency situation where flying above 400’ was necessary to avoid a Colishion of another aircraft or some other damage or failur, and in that situation, you only have to file a report about breaking this ceiling to the FAA If it is requested by the FAA because they have found that instance to be of an issue that needs an explanation.
That being said, you should never use that as excuse to fly over 400’ when it was not nessisary or an emergency.
I like to use the "Hover" app.( Hover - an app for Drone Enthusiasts ) to check the area pre-flight. If your flight will be in a 5 mile airport ring you click on it and it will give you the name and number (if there is one) to call (if there is no number you can fly with caution). To be clear, you call to notify the tower, not to ask permission. You inform them of the location, the time frame and the height you will be flying. This way they know you are there and can plan for it. There will be occasional times they may tell you it is not safe to do at that time but this is rare.Are there any more specifics about how best to do this? And is this notification required on a per-flight basis?
So this is right under the faa regulation for recreational sUAS in the USAIf you are in the USA this information is not exactly correct. 400' is the recommended safe ceiling (manned, fixed-wing aircraft lower limit is 500', helicopters are less restricted). That being said, AMA members, for example, can fly over 400', or at night as hobby fliers without breaking any rules. The rules are definitely hard to navigate and evolving. Here is the list of rules for hobby fliers (non-commercial) from the FAA. If you notice, there is no height restriction listed (Part 107 commercial fliers ARE limited to 400').
If you fly in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Public Law 112-95 Section 336). Under this rule, operators must:
*SOURCE: Getting Started
- Fly for hobby or recreational purposes only
- Follow a community-based set of safety guidelines
- Fly the UAS within visual line-of-sight
- Give way to manned aircraft
- Provide prior notification to the airport and air traffic control tower, if one is present, when flying within 5 miles of an airport
- Fly UAS that weigh no more than 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
Lol it is pretty complicatedAfter more digging on the FAA site, I see the waiver process which puts you in 107 territory. AMA has a slightly different set of rules, I should have been clearer and I believe I did mix up some specifics. Thank you for pointing it out. Waivers are needed for flights over 400' which puts you outside of the hobby guidelines. Like I said, clear as mud.