DRONE LAW

YOU MUST HAVE A FAA CERTIFICATE TO OPERATE DRONES COMMERCIALLY!!!!!

  • There are two options for flying a drone... (1) Flying for Fun or "Hobbyist" only, or (2) Flying Commercially. Each method has its own set of rules.  See the chart below for a snapshot of the rules governing each method.  

  • Clearly the "Fly for Fun" is just that, flying for fun.  The "commercial" use is defined by the FAA as any use of a drone (quadcopter or otherwise) “in connection with a business.” Basically, if you plan to make money in any way from using the drone (whatever the reason may be) then it will fall under commercial use.  

  • Common Commercial Uses include:

    • Realty​

    • Construction

    • Search and Rescue

    • Insurance Inspections

    • Surveying

    • Farm/Crop Monitoring

    • Tower Inspections

    • Police/Fire Operations

  • Photography

  • Media

  • Construction

  • Security

  • Mining

  • Sports

  • Utility Maintenance

  • and MANY MORE!!!

Fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336)

  • Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY

  • Register your model aircraft

  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization

  • Fly a model aircraft under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization

  • Fly within visual line-of-sight

  • Never fly near other aircraft

  • Notify the airport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport

  • Never fly near emergency response efforts

Fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule
(Part 107)

  • Fly for recreational OR commercial use

  • Register your drone

  • Get a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA

  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs.

  • Fly within visual-line-of-sight*

  • Don't fly near other aircraft or over people*

  • Don't fly in controlled airspace near airports without FAA permission*

  • Fly only during daylight or civil twilight, at or below 400 feet*

* These rules are subject to waiver.

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