LUBBOCK, TX—Drones in Lubbock have been gaining popularity. According to the FAA, it is accurate to say that drones are allowed to be flown in Lubbock, it just depends on what type of drone.
The drones that they are talking about are also known as quad copters. Even though type of model aircraft can be bought and operated without a license or certification, there still are certain guidelines that they must follow.
“In general, if someone flies an unmanned aircraft (or model aircraft) for hobby or recreation purposes, they don’t need authorization from the FAA as long as they are abiding by the Model Aircraft Advisory Circular, which stresses that these aircraft should not be flown higher than 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports,” an FAA official told KAMC. “For any other purpose – commercial photography or videography, for example – they would need some level of FAA authorization.”
Wings N Things, a local retail store in Lubbock, has noticed the recent demand for quad copters. They told us that they sold out of their largest kind that is equipped with GPS and a camera.