UAS / Drones
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve diverse purposes. The responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircrafts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with several industry associations to promote safe and responsible use of drones. To learn more visit the FAA UAS website .
As of Dec. 21, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration requires all owners of small unmanned aircraft, or drones, weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register online before taking to the skies.
Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:
» Fly at or below 400 feet and stay away from surrounding obstacles
» Keep your UAS within sight
» Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
» Never fly over groups of people
» Never fly over stadiums or sports events
» Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
» Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol
» Understand airspace restrictions and requirements
» Contact the airport and control tower before flying within five miles of an airport or heliport
Different Types of UAS/Drone Operations
B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps UAS/Drone aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly. Download the free FAA "B4UFLY" smartphone app.