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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Regardless of the size and/or type of UAS, owners must fly safely and responsibility.  The help educate UAS owners, the FAA has developed a Know Before you Fly campaign.  

Effective December 21, 2015, anyone (non-government) who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight (0.55 lbs. – 55 lbs.) and who uses it for recreational purposes, must register their UAS online with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) before they fly outdoors. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.  The owner must be 13 years of age or older and a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.  To learn more or to register your aircraft, click here.

If your aircraft is used for commercial purposes, something other than as a hobby or for recreation, is greater than 55 lbs., or you intend to operate your aircraft outside of the United States, you must register your UAS by paper.  Learn more here.

The FAA also has prepared guidelines of examples of aircraft that do and do not require registration, click here.

Be a Responsible Pilot

The FAA retains the responsibility for enforcing Federal Aviation Regulations, including those applicable to the use of UAS. 

An unmanned aircraft that is 1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere, 2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft, and 3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes. Must be operated within ALL of the following parameters:

1. Strictly for hobby or recreational use

2. Must give way to manned aircraft

3. Less than 55 pounds

4. Operated in accordance with community based set of safety guidelines  

5. If within 5 miles of airport, must notify airport operator and control tower

6. Registration and Markings

A Certificate of Aircraft Registration must be carried by the operator of the UAS and made available to law enforcement and/or the FAA upon request. If you are asked to show your certificate of registration, you can show it electronically, you do not need to print the certificate.