United States drone laws

united states drone laws

Drone laws can be confusing to new pilots and even seasoned pilots. Today we will be discussing drone laws from the United States. This article aims to support all drone pilots in the United States to fly safe, stay out of trouble.

Recreational

  1. You must register your drone with the FAA under Section 366.
    • To do so you must be 13 year or older, if not an adult is required to do it on your behalf
    • Registration costs USD$5 and is valid for 3 years
  2. Understand and follow all the flight rules.
    • You must only fly for fun or recreational uses
    • Follow the safety guidelines of the aircraft community organisation (if flying at one)
    • Fly at a maximum of 400 feet (Class-G airspace)
    • You must fly with line of sight to the drone
    • Don’t fly near aircraft
    • Don’t fly over other people, events or stadiums
    • Don’t fly over or near emergency services
  3. Learn where you can fly.

Commercial

  1. Learn the rules that are associate with the Part 107.
  2. Take the knowledge test.
    • You must be 16 years or older
    • You must be able to read, write, speak and understand English
    • Be of physical and mental condition to fly
    • Study for the knowledge test
    • Book an appointment to take the knowledge test
    • After passing your test you must complete FAA form 8710-13
  3. You must register your drone with the FAA under Section 366.
    • Registration costs USD$5 and is valid for 3 years
  4. Learn where you can fly.

If you are interested in getting more info on drone laws and how to become a legitimate drone pilot, DroneRush have a great articles on this topic.

Small Print

The drone laws are forever changing and the authorities don’t always make it clear and easy to understand for all. This article will update when new laws or any changes that are important are made.

If you are looking for more information, have any questions or would just like to have a chat feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via our social media accounts.


Josh Spires and dronenr. cannot be held accountable for any consequences that you are faced with in connection with this article. This article is more of a guide to loosely follow if you aren’t sure of anything always check the FAA website.

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