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Greetings from the Shenandoah Valley of Northwestern Virginia. About a year ago I saw an ad for an "in person" course in drone certification at a community college. It was a week long course but I was not able to get the time off from work approved. I never took the course, but the interest remained. My girlfriend gave me a drone for Christmas this past year and I want to learn how to fly it the right way, so I can safely pursue a fun hobby and maybe do it professionally as well, since it seems to be a growing industry. I've been fascinated by aviation in general as long as I can
Are hobbists' (non part 107 folks) required to follow the same rules (under 400 ft, no night flights, ATC clearance for controlled airspace, etc) as us licensed UAV pilots? The area I operate in has Class C and E airspace as well as 4 airports. I follow the rules but I see plenty of drones flying at night, too close to the airport and much higher than 400 Ft AGL. It just frustrates me that despite following the rules and flying safe, others that don't operate commercially are free to do as they please. Thoughts? P.S. Is there any way to report unsafe flying or infractions? Thanks!
I am in Denver at a friends place and he is wanting an aerial picture of his new home. He isn't paying or anything so I am thinking this is more of a hobby question, but it's right on the edge of some airspace. But then it's inside a mode c veil. I won't go beyond 100' if I do it, but what do you all think? See attached: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yj1s0exyoj3lol/Screenshot 2017-05-26 21.13.24.png?dl=0