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AC 91-57C - Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft

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October 20, 2022
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The guidance provided in this AC supports the limited recreational operation of unmanned aircraft (UA) by explaining how a recreational flyer of UA may comply with the statutory requirements of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) This AC provides guidance for operating UA under the exception, including operations for certain educational and research purposes; FAA recognition of community-based organizations (CBO); and application for fixed sites and CBO-sanctioned UA flying events. UA (sometimes referred to as “drones”) are aircraft operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft. Refer to 49 U.S.C. § 44801.

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91-57B Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft

This AC provides interim safety guidance to individuals operating unmanned aircraft, often referred to as drones, for recreational purposes under the statutory exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft (Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C)  § 44809).