Use this chart to determine whether you need FAA permission to operate your unmanned aircraft.

Who are you?

What do you want to do?

Register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 and 55 lbs., follow safety guidelines, and have fun!

You need FAA authorization via Section 333.

Do you want to do R&D, crew training, or market surveys?

You need a type certificate
(to sell the aircraft for others to fly)
OR
You need FAA authorization via Section 333
(to fly the aircraft yourself)