Rules for Flying your UAS/UAV in the United States

The specific guidelines for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you are flying. Use the following table to guide you through the basics of drone operation laws.

Fly for Fun Fly for Work
Pilot Requirements No pilot requirements Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
Must be 16 years old
Must pass TSA vetting
Aircraft Requirements Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. Must be less than 55 lbs.
Must be registered if over 0.55 lbs. (online)
Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation
Location Requirements 5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control Class G airspace*
Operating Rules Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)
UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines
Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)*
Must fly under 400 feet*
Must fly during the day*
Must fly at or below 100 mph*
Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*
Must NOT fly over people*
Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle*
Example Applications Educational or recreational flying only Flying for commercial use (e.g. providing aerial surveying or photography services)
Flying incidental to a business (e.g. doing roof inspections or real estate photography)
Legal or Regulatory Basis Public Law 112-95, Section 336 – Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Part 107

All of these rules are subject to change and waiver. The information provided above is from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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