You’re required to register your drone with the FAA if your small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) weighs between .55 lbs and less than 55 lbs including any and all attached payloads, camera, GoPro, etc. Registrants must be at least 13 years of age to register, and the FAA charges $5.00 and drone registration must be renewed every three (3) years. The FAA wants to be sure that hobbyists abide by the same safety rules that commercial remote pilots must adhere to, and following rules for hobbyists are:
- The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
- The aircraft operates in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (CBO);
- 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 CBO;
- The aircraft operates in a manner that does not interfere with, and gives way to, any manned aircraft; and
- When flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the model 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).
To register your drone, click here: FAADroneZone.faa.gov
If you’re considering a future in commercial drone operations, you must obtain an sUAS certification (“drone license”) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first. Employment and freelance opportunities to work as a commercial certified remote pilot are endless, but it is still one of the fastest growing markets to come along in decades. Before you can begin working as a commercial drone pilot, you must pass the FAA Airman Knowledge Exam which in part consists of information such as, how to interpret an aeronautical sectional chart, understanding various weather conditions, how weather conditions affect flight performance, understanding physiological conditions that can affect flight performance, plus much more. We’ve taken all of this information and condensed it down into one concise online tutorial, which is now free to review on our YouTube Channel.
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