Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), also known as drones, must comply with the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes. Following these rules will keep you and your drone safe and will help keep the airspace available to everyone.
- Register your drone, mark it on the outside with registration number and carry proof of registration with you.
- If hobbyist, fly only for recreational purposes.
- Fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in controlled or “Class G” airspace.
- Do not fly in controlled airspace (around and above many airports) unless you are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has an agreement with the FAA.
- Keep your drone within your line of sight.
- Do not fly in airspace where flight is prohibited.
- Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
- Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
- Never fly near emergencies.
- Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Recreational flyers should know if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless and reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.
Click here for FAA guidelines on UAS operations