Congratulations on your new drone!
Whether you're a novice drone pilot or have many years of aviation experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).
Use this guide to help you understand which rules you'll need to follow when you fly your drone:
If you fly for fun and personal enjoyment or as an educational institution you must:
Certificated Remote Pilot
If you fly for commercial, government, or any other non-recreational purposes you must:
Still not sure what type of drone flyer you are? We can help you!
Where can you fly your drone?
Drone pilots can fly in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. There are different requirements to you as a pilot depending on which airspace you fly in.
These resources below will help you determine where you can legally fly and if you need an authorization before doing so:
- Download FAA's B4UFLY Mobile App, which provides real-time information about airspace restrictions and other information to help you fly safely
- Use the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) applications, which provide real-time information about airspace restrictions and near-real time airspace authorizations
- Airspace 101 – Rules of the Sky
- Airspace Restrictions
How to create a business account on FAA DroneZone
If you are starting a business or a drone program that uses drones and employs certificated remote pilots, you will need to create a Part 107 account on FAA DroneZone using the business/organizations name as the "Part 107 account name" and then:
- Add your drone(s) to the UAS Inventory
- Add the pilots to the User Inventory
If you have questions or comments, please contact the UAS Support Center.