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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

On January 13, 2020, the agency will launch improvements to the way all applicants are tested for an FAA Airman Certificate. The upcoming Airman Knowledge Testing changes apply to all certified pilots of manned and unmanned aircraft.

One of the most important changes is the requirement that all applicants obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) prior to registering for a knowledge test. The FAA is hosting 4 webinars to explain the new testing system and changes for those who will test on or after January 13, 2020. More information is available here.

Whether you're a new drone pilot or have years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the national airspace. To get started, be sure to select which type of drone user you are and find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation. You can then begin researching where it is safe to fly and when you need approval to fly.

What type of drone flyer are you?

Recreational Flyers and Modeler
Community-Based Organizations

Certificated Remote Pilots including
Commercial Operators

Public Safety & Government Users

Educational Users

Not sure? We'll help you figure it out.

Ready to fly? Be sure to download the B4UFLY app for your smartphone to determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect where you want to fly.

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