You're ready to get that shiny new remote-controlled quadcopter for Christmas. But before you take it out of the box and go to town, there's something else you might need: a pilot's license.
The FAA reportedly is proposing new regulations that could affect amateur model plane fliers, too.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FAA will require commercial drone operators to have a pilot's license and restrict flight times to daylight hours. The new rules will also limit flights to the pilot's line of sight and altitude to 400-feet.
That seems like a lot to ask of amateur quadcopter pilots, but you can see why the FAA wants to do it. After all, more drone pilots have gotten into trouble lately over dumb flying.
For now, hobbyists shouldn't worry. These proposed regulations are only that - proposed. That means that things can change, and the FAA could take a turn on these proposals.
Even if they do go through, don't expect them to be enacted for a couple of years. And the smaller quadcopters or drones could escape the regulations anyway.
So taking the old Phantom for a spin with your kids probably won't necessarily require you to learn how to fly a plane first—although a recent ruling indicates that the FAA can and will eventually regulate all civilian drones.