Drone policies are usually associated with Photography and Media Policies in each Burn's documentation - logically as Drones are most often used for the purposes of photography Given that they might have some other roles such as aerial art installations, deliveries, comms relay, etc it is considered worth separating the Drone from the Photography policies here.
Drone policies at each Burn will be significantly influenced by aviation and other regulations applying in the countries and States where events are held.
Nothing should be inferred by the absence of a declared Drone Policy at any event. The principle of Civic Responsibility imposes on all participants a requirement to act in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
The rising popularity of remote control aircraft (drones, helicopters, multicopters, UAVs) has created a need for Wichita Burners to create an environment suitable for RC activity to proceed in the safest manner possible, while also respecting the privacy rights of participants.
Restrictions include, but are not limited to:
Flying sufficient distance away from theme camps and event structures, quiet camp or the effigy. Avoid flying near spectators until aircraft tested/flown previously. Flying no higher than 400 feet above ground.
Rules of Operation
Maximum altitude allowed per FAA is 400 feet above ground. Only visual line of sight flying per FAA, no long distance flying. No First Person View flying (flying based upon video stream not direct sight). Secure a safe place to take off, land, and emergency land. Fly when possible with a spotter to help control on-lookers, etc. 100 feet horizontal separation away from EMS, Police, Fire Department vehicles and their camp locations. 100 feet horizontal separation away from all heavy equipment and work crews. 100 feet horizontal separation away from all ground vehicles, artwork, sculptures, guide wires, kites, tethered aviation, etc. Avoid flying over or close to people, AMA recommendations are horizontal separation of 25 feet at least. No operating RC aircraft while intoxicated. If you are deemed intoxicated to the point that you are “illegal to drive” you may not fly. No use of ham bands including 433, 600, 900 MHz and 1.3 GHz unless a current Technician, General, or Amateur Extra License is shown. No amplified systems, for example: Dragonlink. If a pilot is acting in an unsafe manner either law enforcement or the Reso Rangers have the authority to confiscate the controller/transmitter and transfer it to the Board Member on Duty. If a crashed craft is found it will be transferred to the Board Member on Duty. Aircraft confiscated for flying unsafely, recklessly or in violation of rules will be transferred the Board Member on Duty.
Please be aware that there are other rules and laws that may affect operations of an RC aircraft. For example, using an RC aircraft to photograph or videotape someone without their permission or for commercial purposes is not authorized under the Resonance Rules Agreement.
Intentionally or negligently injuring persons or property with an RC aircraft could lead to criminal assault and or battery charges. Be mindful of all laws, rules and regulations when operating an RC aircraft, and use common sense. If RC aircraft are operated unsafely then they will be subject to further regulation and restrictions in the future. Help make Resonance a place where RC aircraft are a valued part of the community.
See - Survival Guide