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Fly for Fun under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
FAA Safety Guidelines Fly at or below 400 feet Be aware of airspace requirements and restrictions 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 Flying under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft The Special Rule for Model Aircraft (P.L.
Model aircraft operators must follow these rules to fly under this Rule: the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a community-based organization the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation (model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower [when an air traffic facility is located at the airport]) A
(online) Must undergo pre-flight check to ensure UAS is in condition for safe operation Location Requirements 5 miles from airports without prior notification to airport and air traffic control Class G airspace* Operating Rules Must ALWAYS yield right of way to manned aircraft Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight) UAS must be under 55 lbs.
Must follow community-based safety guidelines Must notify airport and air traffic control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport Must keep the aircraft in sight (visual line-of-sight)* Must fly under 400 feet* Must fly during the day* Must fly at or below 100 mph* Must yield right of way to manned aircraft* Must NOT fly over people* Must NOT fly from a moving vehicle* Example Applications Educational or recreational flying only Flying for commercial use (e.g.
During the registration process, users will have to identify whether they are operating a model aircraft for recreational purposes or operating a UAS for business or government use.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Frequently Asked Questions
It is defined by statute as an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft (Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8)).
Congress defined a 'model aircraft' as a UAS that meets all of the following: Is capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere Is flown within visual line-of-sight of the person operating it Is flown for hobby or recreational purposes Who do I contact if my question isn't answered on the UAS website?
There are three ways to fly a UAS for work, business, or non-recreational reasons: Following the requirements in the Small UAS rule (Part 107) Following the rules in your Section 333 grant of exemption Obtain an airworthiness certificate for the aircraft I
If you are operating an unmanned aircraft that weighs less than 55 pounds, generally you may apply for a Part 107 waiver (special permission) to conduct your operation.
Your waiver application must outline how you intend to safely conduct your proposed operation, including any additional risk mitigation strategies you may use.
Part 107 permits the transportation of property for compensation or hire, provided the operator complies with all the provisions of the rule, including that the operator must keep the UAS within his/her sight, the flight is conducted within visual line-of-sight and not from a moving vehicle, external loads must be securely attached and cannot adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft, and the aircraft with payload must weigh less than 55 lbs.
The transportation must also occur wholly within the bounds of a state and may not involve transportation of property between: (1) Hawaii and another place in Hawaii through airspace outside of Hawaii;
Under this rule, operators must: Fly for hobby or recreational purposes only Follow a community-based set of safety guidelines Fly the UAS within visual line-of-sight Give way to manned aircraft Provide prior notification to the airport and air traffic control tower, if one is present, when flying within 5 miles of an airport Fly UAS that weigh no more than 55 lbs.
Part 107 does not apply to UAS flown strictly for fun (hobby or recreational purposes) as long as these unmanned aircraft are flown in accordance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336 of P.L.
The small UAS rule codifies the provisions of section 336 in part 101 of the FAA's regulations, which will prohibit operating a UAS in manner that endangers the safety of the National Airspace System.
Federal law restricts UAS from flying at or below 3,000 AGL within a 3 nautical mile radius of any stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people during a Major League Baseball (MLB), regular or post-season National Football League (NFL), or NCAA Division I football game, or major motor speedway event.
This temporary flight restriction applies to the entire U.S. domestic National Airspace System, and takes effect starting one hour before the scheduled event time until one hour after the event concludes.
Yes, you must contact any airports (including heliports and sea-based airports) and air traffic control towers within five miles of your proposed area of operations if flying under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Public Law 112-95, Section 336).
Yes, an airport operator can object to the proposed use of a model aircraft within five miles of an airport if the proposed activity would endanger the safety of the airspace.
However, part 61 pilot certificate holders who have completed a flight review within the past 24 months may elect to take an online training course focusing on UAS-specific areas of knowledge instead of the aeronautical knowledge test.
All applicants must bring a valid and current form of identification that includes their photo, date of birth, signature, and physical residential address.
Citizens Driver permit or license issued by a U.S. state or territory U.S. Government identification card U.S. Military identification card Passport Alien residency card Passport AND Driver permit or license issued by a U.S. state or territory OR Identification card issued by any government entity More information is available in the FAA Airman Knowledge Testing Matrix (PDF).
Additionally, the FAA's B4UFLY app, which is designed to help recreational UAS flyers know where it's safe to fly, shows users if they are in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, or E airspaces) in a given or planned location.
If you are operating a small UAS under the Small UAS Rule, once you have obtained your remote pilot certificate, and registered your aircraft, you can fly in Class G airspace as long as you follow all the operating requirements in the Rule (Part 107).
Part 107 limits your altitude to 400 feet unless your unmanned aircraft is flying within 400 feet of a structure (in which case you may not fly higher than 400 feet above the top of that structure).
UAS operators need to compare the conditions and limitations in their individual Section 333 exemption to the operating requirements in the Part 107 rule to determine which operating rules best address their needs.
Section 333 exemption holders have two choices: Continue to fly using their Section 333 exemption, following the conditions and limitations in the exemption OR Get a remote pilot certificate and start flying under the Part 107 rule, following all operating rules and requirements.
Current Section 333 exemption holders have two choices: Continue to fly using their Section 333 exemption, following the conditions and limitations in the exemption OR Get a remote pilot certificate and start flying under the Part 107 rule, following all operating rules and requirements of Part 107.
Public aircraft operators such as law enforcement agencies, state or local governments, or public universities may continue to operate under the terms of their COAs.
Federal law requires that small unmanned aircraft weighing more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds that do not fly exclusively under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, be registered with the FAA and marked with a registration number, either by registering online or by using the legacy paper based registration process.
Federal law requires UAS operators who are required to register (those not flying exclusively under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft) to show the certificate of registration to any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer if asked.
If you are not operating for commercial purposes and but also not operating exclusively in compliance with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, you must complete the steps in the web-based registration process to obtain a 'recognition of ownership' from the FAA.
If you complete registration using the web-based registration process and satisfy the registration requirements, you may use a permanent marker, label, or engraving, as long as the number remains affixed to the aircraft during routine handling and all operating conditions and is readily accessible and legible upon close visual inspection.
As described in the applicable Privacy Act System of Records Notice for aircraft registration information, the public may search for aircraft information in the legacy, paper-based aircraft registration system by the aircraft registration number, aircraft owner name, and aircraft owner state/county or territory/county.
There are two registration systems available to small UAS owners – the web-based system, designed exclusively for small unmanned aircraft, and the legacy paper-based registration system.
You must complete registration as a non-modeler and provide specific aircraft information such as manufacturer name, model number and serial number, if applicable.
Live phone support is also available at (877) 396-4636 or international (703) 574-6777 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
An online portal is available through www.faa.gov/uas for the remote pilot to report accidents in accordance with reporting requirements in the Part 107 rule.
The remote pilot in command of the small UAS is required to report an accident to the FAA within 10 days if it results in at least serious injury to any person or any loss of consciousness, or if it causes damage to any property (other than the UAS) in excess of $500 to repair or replace the property (whichever is lower).
- On 7. maj 2021
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