David Blezard

VLOS are position anti-collision lights allowed?

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To maintain VLOS, if I have position / anti-collision lights ( 3 status miles visible) on during daylight hours, is this a legal way to maintain VLOS over greater distances?

Thank you in advance for any help.

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Short answer, no.  The requirement isn’t limited to being able to see the sUAS.

Assuming you are flying under Part 107 for commercial operations...

§ 107.31 Visual line of sight aircraft operation.

(a) With vision that is unaided by any device [which includes lights, telemetry, video data, etc.] other than corrective lenses, the remote pilot in command, the visual observer (if one is used), and the person manipulating the flight control of the small unmanned aircraft system must be able to see the unmanned aircraft throughout the entire flight in order to:
(1) Know the unmanned aircraft’s location;
(2) Determine the unmanned aircraft’s attitude, altitude, and direction of flight;
(3) Observe the airspace for other air traffic or hazards; and
(4) Determine that the unmanned aircraft does not endanger the life or property of another.
(b) Throughout the entire flight of the small unmanned aircraft, the ability described in subsection (a) of this section must be exercised by either:
(1) The remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the small unmanned aircraft system; or (2) A visual observer.

Flying for recreation under Section 349 has similar requirements, responsibilities, and liabilities.

In any case, as PIC you are responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft, and liable for any damage or injury you cause to other aircraft, property or people.  

If you lose control due to a malfunction, you are responsible and liable.

If you are flying so far away that you can’t maintain safe operation of your aircraft and damage or hurt someone, you may be criminally negligent, which can result in life changing fines, imprisonment, civil legal action, and huge legal fees.

If you damage property or hurt someone, their attorney will surely claim you were unsafe and/or negligent, and you will spend serious money on your legal team to overcome those claims.

If none of this strikes a cord with you, you may want to find something else to do.

Know the rules and risks. Fly safe.

Edited by Earthman

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