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.

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.
Registering your drone


It's Legal to Use Drones in my Business, Now What?

Are you interested in using drones in your photography business? Join PPA as we
review the highly anticipated new drone regulations published by the FAA June 21, 2016. These regulations apply to the use of any unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds for most reasons other than for hobby or recreational purposes. These regulations will go into effect in August 2016. Stay up-to-date to ensure
you are flying legally and safely.

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