A frequent question asked by many, who post on social media such as Facebook, is whether flying a drone in support of a volunteer activity, such as a church function, or in support of a non-profit organization’s activities is considered to be commercial flight, even if the drone operator is not being compensated for the flight. The answer is yes- this is still commercial flight, because the drone operator is not flying strictly for his or her own pleasure.
As I stated in my last post, any drone flying that is not strictly for personal pleasure is considered to be “commercial” in nature.
Under the Federal Aviation Regulations that govern Unmanned Aircraft Systems, any flying that is not strictly for personal pleasure or recreation, is, by definition, commercial flying. Whether the operator receives any compensation is irrelevant.
This was taken during one of my trips to the El Paso Mountains, which are in California’s Mojave Desert. This view is looking south, from the El Paso Mountains, toward the Rand Mountains in the distance.
Both mountain ranges are rich in mining history; mining ruins dot the landscapes in both ranges.