The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly.
|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.
Original content for this page gathered from: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/