Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - FAA
Whether you're a new drone pilot or have years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the national airspace. To get started, check out the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems site and select which type of drone user you are and find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation. You can then begin researching where it is safe to fly and when you need approval to fly.
What type of drone flyer are you?
Recreational Flyers and Modeler Community-Based Organizations
There's a law that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes. You are considered a recreational user if you fly your drone for fun. It is important to know when and where you can fly and how to register your drone.

Guide for Recreational Flyers & Modeler Community-Based Organizations

Certified Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators
If you have a small drone that is less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the Part 107 guidelines.

Guide for Certified Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators

Public Safety & Government Users
Public Safety Agencies, such as Law Enforcement, are in the best position to deter, detect, and investigate unauthorized or unsafe UAS operations. While drones can serve as a useful tool, these agencies also have an important role in protecting the public from unsafe and unauthorized drone operations.

Guide for Public Safety and Government

Educational Users
Drones (including model aircraft) are great tools for use in education. If you're a teacher or student looking to bring drones into your curriculum, the FAA provides resources to help get you started.

Guide for Educational Users
Recreational flyers who only fly their drone for fun, now have an improved app - B4UFLY - to help show where they can and cannot fly with interactive maps. Key features include:
  • A clear "status" indicator that informs the operator whether it is safe to fly or not.
  • Informative interactive maps with filtering options.
  • Information about controlled airspace, special use airspace, critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes and temporary flight restrictions.
  • The ability to check whether it is safe to fly in different locations by searching for a location or moving the location pin.
  • Links to other FAA drone resources and regulatory information.

    B4UFLY Mobile App
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