The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly.
The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft
- No pilot requirements
- Must have Remote Pilot Airman Certificate
- Must be 16 years old
- Must pass TSA vetting
- 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
- 5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control
- Class G airspace*
- 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*
- 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