|UPDATE: A request from AMA: “Hold off on registering your model aircraft”.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are inherently different from manned aircraft. Introducing UAS into the nation’s airspace is challenging for both the FAA and aviation community, because the U.S. has the busiest, most complex airspace in the world. The FAA is taking an incremental approach to safe UAS integration.What Can I Do with my Model Aircraft? UAS come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve diverse purposes. Regardless of size, the responsibility to fly safely applies equally to manned and unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA is partnering with several industry associations to promote safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft. Read more about the Know Before You Fly educational campaign.
Model Aircraft and Drone FAQ
* What is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS)?
* Do I need approval from the FAA to fly a model aircraft for recreation or hobby?
* Can I fly a model aircraft or UAS over a stadium or at airshows or sporting events for hobby or recreation?
* I want to fly a UAS for business purposes…do I need approval from the FAA?
* How do I obtain an experimental airworthiness certificate?
* How long does the experimental airworthiness certification process take?
* How long does the Section 333 process take?
* Is an FAA-issued pilot certificate required to operate a civil UAS under an experimental airworthiness certificate or a grant of exemption under Section 333?
* If I want to operate a public UAS, how do I obtain a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)?
* How long does the process take to obtain a public COA?
* What’s the difference between public and civil aircraft?
* Is the FAA considering a special type of airspace for UAS?
* Why do commercial operations require a different process? What are the obstacles to standards, certification, and operating procedures?
* What do you think the FAA will have to do to address the UAS industry changes and growth?
* Can news media fly a UAS to shoot stories or cover breaking news?
* Which governs the airspace over my property – FAA regulations or local/state laws about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)?