4.8. A single pilot operating multiple drones

It is important to understand that there is a significant disconnect between what is technically possible and what is legal. Many drones equipped with autonomous flight capabilities could without modifications be flown with little supervision and even land automatically, but in most jurisdictions this is not legal without special permits or waivers.

This restriction usually also applies to people operating a drone (other than the pilot in command) and to visual observers.


  1. Loss of control over the drone.
  2. Fines and disruption of operations due to illegal flight operations.

Audit Steps

  1. Understand the local laws regarding one licensed pilot directly or with the help of others controlling multiple drones.

Review logs and mission plans for compliance with rules against one pilot controlling multiple drones.


drone audit program index