Everything You Need to Know About Flying A Drone on Ocean Isle Beach


Everything You Need to Know About Flying A Drone on Ocean Isle Beach | Williamson Realty

Drones seem to be everywhere these days. YouTube is full of beautiful videos taken by drones and vacationers seem to be one of the biggest users of drones. Who can blame anyone? Ocean Isle Beach is stunningly beautiful, with miles of pristine beaches, historic landmarks, and loaded with adventure. However, recently there have been several changes to the laws regarding the operation of a drone. This week we share with you all the info you might need to make sure you have the resources to fly your drone legally. Remember, if you have any questions, please give your local law enforcement agency a call to make sure you comply with state, federal, and local rules.

Federal Aviation Administration Rules

Did you know that drones weighing between .55 to 55 lbs must be registered with the FAA? I sure didn't. But have no fear, there is a simple process for registering your drone as well as being in compliance with all Federal rules and regulations. For the basics take a look at the video above. You'll also find a helpful chart below that can help guide you in the right direction. The primary thing you need to determine is if you are flying under Section 336, which is mainly recreational use, or Part 107 which can be recreational or commercial use. This is where all you professional photographers or wedding videographers will fit in. Of course, if you have any specific legal questions make sure to consult an attorney.

Fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
(Section 336)
Fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule
(Part 107)
  • Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY
  • Register your model aircraft
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
  • Fly a model aircraft under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Notify the airport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts
  • Fly for recreational OR commercial use
  • Register your drone
  • Get a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA
  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs.
  • Fly within visual-line-of-sight*
  • Don't fly near other aircraft or over people*
  • Don't fly in controlled airspace near airports without FAA permission*
  • Fly only during daylight or civil twilight, at or below 400 feet*

* These rules are subject to waiver.


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Know Your Local Rules

Many places in North Carolina that have restrictions on when and where drones can be flown.  This isn't all gloom and doom, and you certainly have places that you can operate your drones, but you should be aware of the rules. One place you can always fly is on or over your own private property. Rules often change, so it is important to check with your local authorities. If you have  questions, give the Ocean Isle Beach Police Dept. a call at 910-579-4221.


North Carolina Specific Laws

Many states have enacted new rules and laws regarding drone operations. North Carolina has been one of the most prominent in legislating drone use. There are several resources you can utilize to comply with North Carolina state law. For a quick shakedown of the key rules click on the NC DOT's official video regarding drone operations. This quick video will help you have fun and stay within the law. For more information from the NC DOT click here.


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National Park Rules

Even though the North Carolina Coast is the birthplace of aviation, sadly, drones are not allowed in any National Parks. Fines and penalties are stiff so, it's best not to take your drone in these restricted areas.


Where Can You Fly?

There are places that you can fly. Of course, it is always best to check with the local authorities, RC and Drone Clubs, to get the most up to date information. However, as a general rule, you can fly your drone on and over your own property or on another person's property if you have their permission. There is a great App called B4UFLY which is very helpful as it warns you of restricted areas. The App even has a "planner" function so you can plan your future trips like your Outer Banks beach vacation.

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There is still time to plan your Ocean Isle Beach fall vacation or of course, it is always the perfect time to start planning your 2019 summer beach vacation. Give us a call at 800-727-9222 or click on the button below to plan your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. 

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