The City of Altamonte Springs requires compliance with the FAA guidelines for recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems:
- Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
- Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
- Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
- Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
- Do not fly near people or stadiums
- Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility
- Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Do not fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs.
- Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, etc.
- Do not be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft (you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft)
- Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
The FAA requires commercial drone operators to receive special authorization; either a Section 333 Exemption or a Special Airworthiness Certificate. The FAA defines commercial drone use as, among other things: filming for hire; selling aerial photography or videography; inspections for hire; surveying for hire; or flying to further a business purpose.
Operating a drone for commercial purposes within a City of Altamonte Springs park also requires a permit. Commercial drone users must submit a copy of their FAA authorization to Events Management. Depending on the proposed use, the City may require a Special Event permit, Right of Entry permit, or other approval. Further, commercial photography or filming within Altamonte Springs also requires a permit from the Metro Orlando Film Commission.
Drones may prove a valuable tool for scientific research and surveys. Operation of a drone for research purposes requires approval from the FAA. Before operating a drone for research purposes within a city park, please submit a copy of your FAA authorization to Events Management.