Understanding the FAA Regulations
Read up on the current requirements, application process and testing information.
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.
- 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.
- Less than 55 lbs.
- Must be registered ($5)
- 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
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