Overview of Rules and Requirements for Flying UAS for Work/Business

The outline below refers to federal regulations only. It is important to take into account any additional state or local restrictions or requirements.

Pilot Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center* (~$150)
  • Must be vetted by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA)

*A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement. Read more on Becoming a small drone pilot.

Aircraft Requirements:

  • Less than 55 lbs.
  • Must be registered ($5)

Operating Rules:

  • Class G airspace*
  • 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*

* All of these rules are subject to waiver

Read more from the FAA:
Summary of New FAA Small Drone Rules.
How to use the new rules.
Read the complete New FAA Small Drone Rules.


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