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The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly.

 

The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft


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

*These rules are subject to waiver.

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