Drone aerial imaging over Chicago. Courtesy of Helios Visions

Hey, Chicagoland – ready to learn about drones?

Check out the newly released Guide to Flying Drones in Chicago – courtesy of hometown UAV firm Helios Visions.

Authored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Ryan Gibson, the complimentary web guide informs both experienced and novice drone users about the intersection of local, state and federal regulations.

“This drone guide is useful for anyone looking to purchase a drone as a gift for the upcoming holiday season,” Helios Visions co-founder Ted Parisot said in a press release.

“Helios Visions is dedicated to the safe and legal operation of drones and we wanted to ensure this information serves as a resource to all interested in operating drones.”

“It’s a rewarding experience operating a drone and the guide organizes key regulations for those considering flight operations in Chicagoland,” Gibson added.

The guide covers:

  • Registering drones with the FAA;
  • Obtaining a Part 107 commercial drone operator license from the FAA;
  • Options for government entities wishing to operate as a public aircraft operation in Illinois;
  • Key restrictions in Illinois and specifically Chicago;
  • Conditions for operating drones for both hobbyist drone operators and commercial drone operations and the regulations and requirements for each operator;

The guide also covers the most common Part 107 waivers available including:

  • Operating from a moving vehicle or aircraft;
  • Twilight and nighttime operations;
  • Visual line of sight aircraft operation;
  • Operating drones over people;
  • Operating multiple drones.

Since Chicago is the only municipality in the state of Illinois with more than 1 million residents, restrictive drone ordinances that are passed not conflicting with federal law are enforceable according to Illinois legislation.

Helios Visions specializes in drone mapping, aerial data collection and building-facade inspection. The company obtained the first FAA waiver to fly over people in Chicago.

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