FAA-Recognized Community Based Organizations

FAA-recognized CBOs

Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that meet the statutory definition in Section 44809(h) of the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft, may apply for FAA recognition:

  • Described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; 
  • Exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; 
  • Mission of which is demonstrably the furtherance of model aviation; 
  • Provide a comprehensive set of safety guidelines for all aspects of model aviation;
  • Provide programming and support for any local charter organizations, affiliates, or clubs; and 
  • Provide assistance and support in the development and operation of locally designated model aircraft flying sites 

Recreational drone flyers must use FAA-recognized CBO safety guidelines to meet the statutory requirement of Section 44809(a)(2). However, recreational flyers are not required to become members of a CBO.

FAA-recognized CBOs are eligible to apply for fixed sites, CBO sponsored events and FAA Recognized Identification Areas (FRIAs). 

For more information on how to become an FAA-recognized CBO, read Advisory Circular 91-57C. Organizations seeking FAA recognition must apply through the FAA’s DroneZone.

Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2024