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Fly under the Small UAS Rule

Does your FAA airspace authorization have an expiration date of September 30, 2018, AND you did not use the FAA's Drone Zone portal or the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program to obtain your authorization?

  • Authorizations that were granted outside the Drone Zone portal or LAANC will not be extended beyond February 1, 2019.
  • You must resubmit your authorization request via the Drone Zone portal or LAANC.

Read more about about how to obtain your authorization.

To fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107), you must:

Remote Pilot Certification

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Pass an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center*
  • Undergo Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) security screening

For more information about how to get a Remote Pilot Certificate, visit Remote Pilot Certification.

*A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at to satisfy this requirement.

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Registration Requirements

Unmanned aircraft not flown under section 336 must be registered under part 107.

More information about the registration process is available through UAS Registration.

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Part 107 Operating Rules

  • Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, including payload, at takeoff
  • Fly in Class G airspace*
  • Keep the unmanned aircraft within visual line-of-sight*
  • Fly at or below 400 feet*
  • Fly during daylight or civil twilight*
  • Fly at or under 100 mph*
  • Yield right of way to manned aircraft*
  • Do not fly directly over people*
  • Do not fly directly over people* (The term "over" refers to the flight of the small unmanned aircraft directly over any part of a person.)

For more detailed operating rules, please see:

*These rules are subject to waiver. For more information about applying for waivers, visit Request a Waiver.

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