If you are thinking about using the new drone that you received for Christmas, you will have to drive for a while to avoid violating the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.  In fact, you need to be at least 30 miles away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport!

“According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C., including the cities and towns within a 30-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport, are all part of a No Drone Zone.

Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around Washington, D.C., without specific approval, which includes all unmanned aircraft.

The airspace around Washington, D.C., is more restricted than in any other part of the country. Rules were put in place after the 9/11 attacks to limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties, according to the FAA.

If you are interested in operating a drone outside the 30 mile radius then click here for mandatory FAA drone registration information. Registration is free for the first 30 days with a rebate, then $5 after that.

Registration is required by Feb. 19, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties, according to the FAA.”

Thank you to Debb Belt, Gaithersburg Patch for this helpful information!

If you have any questions about homes for sale in Bethesda, just give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.  We have the birds eye view of the Bethesda market – without a drone!