Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – also known as drones – are growing in popularity both as a hobby and for business purposes. Businesses (think Amazon Prime Air) and industries (such as agriculture) are finding useful ways to utilize drones, and hobbyists are capturing incredible video and pictures. But, as many recent news reports have shown, improper use of drones can cause safety and privacy concerns. Earlier this month, hobby drones over a wildfire prevented firefighters from sending out helicopters with water buckets for up to 20 minutes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on finalizing Small UAS rules, but that isn’t expected until the end of 2016. In the meantime, there are regulations and safety guidelines that drone users – personal, business and public entities – are expected to follow. The FAA has partnered with several associations to create Know Before You Fly, a campaign designed to promote the safe use of UAS, where more information can be found.

Recreational (Personal) Users

Business (Commercial) Users

Public Entities

Drones are a constantly changing environment; more and more insurance companies are offering coverage. It is important to not only insure the drone itself, but also consider liability insurance in case a drone causes personal injury.

If you are thinking about purchasing a drone, contact Meyer Insurance and we can help you with your insurance needs.

Sources: Federal Aviation Administration; Know Before You Fly