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With the use of drones in the region on the rise, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is encouraging drone enthusiasts to know the rules before they fly their unmanned aircraft over the City.
As part of an effort to educate the public, the City has posted detailed information here about the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Know Before You Fly” campaign. The campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of drones.
The information includes safety guidelines such as ensuring your aircraft stays below 400 feet and any surrounding obstacles and does not intentionally fly over vulnerable people or moving vehicles.
The FAA also requires owners of model aircraft, small unmanned aircraft or drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register the aircraft online before taking it to the sky.
Other information regarding drone operation, best practices, and safety regulations is available here.