UPDATE: As of Jan. 2018 Registration is once again required.

What do I do when I get a drone? Do I need to register my drone?Here I try to explain some of the USA Drone Rules.

Here are some tips about what you should do once you get a drone. Please note that these rules apply to the United States. For more information please visit

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Lol I simply decided to go an get my registration with FAA to fly simply recreational , I have my account and my registration number now lol I don't even fly DRONES , lol but now I may get me one . All of this talk about DRONES and how it has come all the way to conduct how model aircraft Flyers are to conduct , I understand simply because it's ALL unmanned aircraft , BUT "model aircraft hobbyist" has never had anything to do with Drones . We're a bunch of old guys setting around at fly park's flying model airplanes not deviating from the rules , but now that FAA has stated to fly as a hobbyist and recreational we need to register … I did that . Now I believe to say that I am dropping out of AMA because I now can continue to fly as a hobbyist recreational just having my FAA registration .

  2. Thank you for this very helpful information. I have been a member of the AMA for 5 years. Drone rules require your flying behavior to be as the AMA states in its safe flying criteria. Due to health I plan on flying my newly acquired drone as a hobbyist only under FAA guidelines. The main difference that I can see is that as a member of the AMA and a member of a local fixed wing flying club you are covered under AMA million dollar accident policies. Hopes this helps, safe flying!

  3. Mr.Jay Malone thank you for this update , I respect and thank you helping with the mixed understanding of the action in all this drone misunderstanding myself and others been getting from people that don't speak clearly of it . But let me get to the point.
    I'm not even a drone flyer , but I am a AMA membership . I do fly ONLY recreational at local flight Park an yes I'm always within following respectfully all posted roads , But my question is I'm seeing that your also saying that I'm also required to also register with FAA ? I fly foam fixed wingtyp airplanes … My my gripe isn't even with the FAA … My problem lies with the AMA head console I believe has been behind the seem backstabbing use all along encouraging the government to disrupt this hobby … AMA officials DID NOT RESPECTFULLY DEFINED the fact that "We" there are members that this Law should not apply to , and that's the problem is DRONES !!! keep it simple an keep it directly directed with DRONES !!! and go on with there case rulings to annihilate the problem .
    Now here's another question IF I dropped from AMA and simply just got my FAA I continue to only fly as only recreational I should have absolutely no problem than right ? (Meaning) I don't need AMA to simply fly at a fly park or any other park that allows you to fly there ? PLEASE RESPOND . Because I'm sure you can tell that I'm very discouraged and disappointed with AMA . And to think I pay them $70 A year to simply only be able legally to fly recreational at a fly Park without being hassled . But if I ONLY NEED TO REGISTER WITH FAA THAN TO **LL WITH AMA . But please respond .

  4. Excellent and up-to-date. One question. Does VLOS mean you can clearly see your A/C and have a good sense of exactly how close it is to surrounding obstacles … or does it mean you can see the airspace in which your A/C is flying including any potential manned aircraft. It seems many UAS pilots use the second interpretation once they fly beyond about 1000 feet.

  5. Thanks for the vid, it's very informative. The only thing that it didn't clear up, is that when you register with the FAA, you are really not registering your drones. You are basically registering yourself and assigned a registration number which you can put on multiple drones.

    One thing I would also like to add to those who are new to registering, is to beware that there are many bogus registration sites masquerading as the official FAA registration site. Make sure you are on the official site.

  6. about giving the airport notice, you also have to call the air traffic control tower too. and any heliports within 5 miles. this includes hospitals. thats what the FAA told me when I called.

  7. I have a question regarding commercial and hobbyist. I'm getting the DJI Phantom 3 SE, I'm planning on mainly flying it for fun, but I'm also a photographer with hopes of selling my prints and I want to eventually include the shots I hope to take with my drone, I've been trying to figure out where this particular case falls under the regulations, but I haven't been able to figure it out. What do you suggest? Also thank you so much for your great video, I've seen tons of other similar tutorials, but yours was by far the easiest to follow and the most informative, especially breaking down some of the regulations. I especially appreciate the APP suggestion. Thank you!!

  8. UPDATE. I believe It is no longer required to register your drown with Big Brother if you fly it under part 101 recreational rules. This video was not made in 2018. But check your laws frequently.

  9. Given that the current rating of the FAA B4UFly app is only 1.7 stars and the list of faults with this app stated by hundreds of people who actually are drone flyers, from a credibility standpoint I don't see how you can endorse and recommend for anyone, hobbyist or not, to download and RELY upon this app for their pre-flight preparation. If you want to be believed and have your information accepted as genuinely useful, then it must BE genuinely useful. I submit that recommending one of the worst rated apps I have ever seen as being "useful" in some way erodes your credibility completely. When I reached that recommendation at the 12 minute mark in this video I came to see that this entire video is nothing more than a mouthpiece speaking what the FAA wants the drone flying community to believe. There is a genuine need for responsible and workable accommodation of the FAA's safety concerns while simultaneously allowing for the advancement of what probably will prove to be one of the most beneficial technologies of this century. We can't get there without both the FAA and drone pilots stopping the mouthpiece "do as I say do" assertions each side pushes out and replacing that approach with a genuine "let's work out useful solutions together" approach. The FAA app takes a "don't fly here" approach by listing airports long inactive for 20 years in some cases in an attempt to squash as much drone flying as possible. That mentality of repressing drone flight ticks off the drone community and causes many drone pilots to just ignore the FAA entirely. This in turn doesn't contribute to safety; it creates a more hazardous flying environment. Persons like you have the opportunity to be real leaders to bring both sides together but you cannot do so by just becoming an FAA mouthpiece. Just my 2 cents. Feel free to differ.

  10. It appears that making youtube videos is a commercial activity even if you do not monetize them. So no youtube videos for my drone, not worth the trouble for me. Certainly takes the fun out of making drone videos. This video did not touch on the possibility of being within 5 miles of multiple airports like I am. Do I have to call them all? If so maybe it would be quicker to drive the 25 miles needed to get out of the restricted area. B4ufly shows about 9 heliports and 5 airports within 5 miles of me. Thanks for the video.

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