Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones as they are
commonly referred to, are a growing part of the aviation community. Aside from routine recreational use, more and more commercial and government activities are being approved by the FAA.
Before operating a UAS, the operator must be
aware of the rules and regulations that govern the use of drones.
- Owners must be 13 years of age or older.
- Owners must register their UAS if it weighs between 0.55 and 55
- Any UAS weighing in excess of 55 lbs. must be registered with the
FAA as an aircraft.
FAA UAS Registration
Operating Your UAS
There are restrictions in place that limit how you can and
cannot operate your UAS.
- The UAS must remain within the operator's line of sight.
No over flights of pedestrians, moving vehicles, public infrastructure, or within 25 feet of private property.
- If operating within five miles of an airport, UAS activity must be coordinated with airport management.
- To help UAS operators know where they can and cannot operate
their UAS, the FAA has developed the B4UFly smartphone app that helps you determine whether there are any restrictions
or requirements in effect at the location where you want to fly.
No Drone Zones
- The FAA has developed a digital tool kit to help state and local authorities educate the public that flying UAS in certain areas is prohibited.