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Educational Users

Drones for Education

Drones (and model aircraft) are great tools for use in education. If you are a teacher or a student looking to bring drones into your curriculum, here are a few things you should know before you get started.

Know the rules

The rules for flying drones are based on the purpose of the operation. There are a few options for flying for educational purposes. Learn more about which rules apply to your operation.

Limited Exception for Recreational Flyers and Community-Based Organizations

There is an exception (49 U.S.C. § 44809) that allows flying drones for recreational purposes (under certain conditions) without complying with Part 107. In order to fly under the statutory exception, you must comply with all portions of Section 44809, including flying your drone for recreational purposes..

Part 107

Part 107 (14 CFR part 107) is the primary law for flying small drones (less than 55 pounds) in the United States. You can fly under part 107 rules for many reasons, including work or business, recreation, education, or for public safety missions.

Educational Institutions

There is also a statutory provision (P.L. 115-254, Section 350 (PDF), as amended by P.L. 116-283, Section 10002) that clarifies that education and research uses of drones for educational purposes can be operated under the rules for recreational flyers. This includes programs for institutes of higher education, programs run by JROTC, and educational programs chartered by a recognized Community Based Organization.

DronePro Program and the FAA Safety Team

DronePros are the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) volunteers who work closely with the FAA to promote safety in their local area. These volunteers are interviewed and trained by the FAA and are provided with equipment and materials to help them plan events and give presentations. A DronePro may be able to come talk to your students or setup a flight demonstration. The FAASTeam has a roster of DronePros in most states.

You can find a DronePro near you from the FAASTeam Online Directory

  • enter 'dronepro' in the keyword field
  • enter your state in the state field

Get involved with the FAASTeam

You can volunteer as a DronePro or you can become a FAASTeam Member. Members are invited to attend live FAASTeam webinars and live events in their local area. Learn more about the FASSTeam.

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