USA Drone Rules (2018)

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if you have just purchased a drone or you're considering purchasing a drone for yourself or someone else this video might just help you if you're new to drones I'm sure you have questions questions about what you're required to do as a drone owner and questions about what you can and can't do with your drone and I hope that in this video I can shed some light and I can help you try to understand some things after you finish watching this video please consider clicking the share button and share this with someone else I'm sure if it helped you it'll help someone else as well first off you may be confused on some terms people call these a drone they also call them UAVs sometimes UAS sometimes I can get kind of confusing trying to figure out what's what drone is a broad term people just use it kind of a generic term but a UAV an unmanned aircraft vehicle is this actual drone this is an unmanned aircraft vehicle altogether with the controller the drone operator anyone else who's involved that is a UAS that is an unmanned aircraft system so there's the difference between a UAV and a UAS this UAV is less than 55 pounds which makes it a small UAV or a small UAS when you put it all together so you'll see both of those terms when you're looking at stuff on the FAA or when you're looking at stuff online UAV UAS it all still kind of boils down to a drone before we get any further into this video the FAA does control what you do and you don't do with your drone once you leave your house with it if you're flying indoors the FAA does not control any flights indoors so if you're only flying indoors you can skip the rest of this video but if you ever intend on flying it outside you might want to finish watching any drone that is between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds has to be registered as a small unmanned aircraft system on the FAA s website it's an easy read raishin process and it only costs $5 but if you plan on flying your drone outside and it is over a half of a pound then it has to be registered you can visit FAA gov and navigate to the part that says drones unmanned aircraft systems there you'll find a link to register your drone you can also find that link directly by going to register my UAS dot FAA gov to register you have to set up an account you must be 13 years old to register your drone if you're not 13 years old please get a parent or guardian to register for you once your drone is registered you have to label your drone with the registration number on it visibly it can be inside a battery compartment as long as the battery compartment doesn't require any tools to access it such as this drone this battery can be removed easily therefore the registration number could be located inside the battery compartment I have chosen to register mine and label mine clearly visible on the top of the drum it's up to you where you put it but it does have to be visible without using tools now you might ask yourself is it really important to register my drone yes it is the FAA clearly states you will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and you do not register it what kind of penalties can you face well the civil penalties can be up to twenty seven thousand five hundred dollars and the criminal penalties can be up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars or three years imprisonment it's not worth taking the risk for a five dollar registration fee once you're registered and you have your drone labeled make sure and keep a copy of your registration with you at all times that is required by the FAA once you have your drone registered now you have to decide how you will be flying your drone there are two sets of rules that you can fly under you can fly as a hobbyist which means that you're doing it completely for fun never for work never for any type of commercial reason whatsoever in that case you fly under hobbyist rules the other set of rules are called part 107 rules that's if you plan to do anything as a business or you plan to do anything for money or you plan to use it on your job under those circumstances you do have to obtain a remote pilot Airman certificate and fly under part 107 rules now you might ask how do I determine whether I'm gonna be flying commercially or recreationally I've had it explained to me – by the FAA multiple times as to what is considered recreational flying or hobbyist flying and what is considered commercial flying if you are ever asked to fly over someone's property if you're videoing their property taking pictures of the property or their business whatever it might be if you're requested to do something then it is considered a commercial job whether you're getting compensated for it or not does not matter it is considered a commercial job by the FAA if you are a farmer and you decide to use this on your farm to check your levies you are required to have the remote pilot airman certificate to use this on your farm if you want to use this in real estate work insurance work to inspect roofs do any type of business whatsoever you do have to fly under the part 107 rules and have your remote pilot airman certificate if you never intend on doing any of these then you might be able to fly recreationally or fly under the hobbyist rules and here I'll explain a little bit more about the hobbyist rules if your flan is a hobbyist there are no specific pilot requirements children can fly this you do not have to be a certain age to fly as a hobbyist another thing you're required to do as a hobbyist is if you're flying within 5 miles of an airport you're required to contact that Airport prior to your flight to make sure you have authorization to fly there as a hobbyist you're also required to always always give right-of-way to any manned aircraft whatsoever airplanes helicopters whatever it might be you're always supposed to yield right away to them you are also supposed to follow safety guidelines now if you want to fly under part 107 rules and do this for any type of work here are some of the requirements for it first off you do have to obtain the remote pilot airman certificate the cost for this is a hundred and fifty dollars you have to renew this every two years there is an age requirement to be able to do this though you do have to at least be 16 years of age to become a remote pilot when I decided to get my certificate I also went through training online the UAV ground I'll provide a link to them below they were greatly beneficial in helping me prepare myself for the tests that I had to take it was a tough test but with the gold seal training through UAV ground school I was prepared was able to pass the test on my first try once you have your remote pilot airman certificate you can fly under part 107 rules under part 107 rules there is no five mile limitation the limitation is based on airspace at this point you are required to fly within Class G airspace unless you have prior authorization from the FAA this is not as simple as picking up the phone and calling an airport you do have to go to the FAA s website and apply for an authorization the authorization process may take some time so they recommend you requesting an authorization at least 30 days in advance of when you plan to fly in some other airspace besides class G under part 107 rules you're also still required to always give right away to manned aircraft part 107 rules also states that you must keep your aircraft within line of sight you have to fly below 400 feet and you can't fly any faster than a hundred miles per hour you also can't fly from a moving vehicle so you can't be driving down the road flying your aircraft you can't fly directly over people that are not involved in your operation if it's someone on your crew or someone part of the shoot that you're doing that's fine as long as they know what is going on they know the risk they know what to do in any type of emergency situation otherwise as long as people are in their houses or in a stationary vehicle under some form of covering that's okay you just can't fly directly over a person in a way that if your drone happened to malfunction and fell out the sky it could fall and hit and hurt someone cause some form of damage the FAA does not want any of that and you don't either also under part 107 rules you've required to fly during daylight hours that is 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset now that I've went through the rules for part 107 you can obtain waivers for some of these such as flying at night you can request a waiver from the FAA and also meet the requirements such as additional lighting on your aircraft in those cases sometimes you can receive a waiver and be able to deviate from some of the part 107 rules now that you know the difference between flying as a hobbyist in flying under part 107 rules you need to know before you ever launch your aircraft how and why you're flying that aircraft what set of rules will you be flying under you can't launch your aircraft under one set of rules and then change your set of rules during the flight that's not possible for instance when I fly under part 107 rules I can launch my aircraft and fly within 5 miles of an airport without calling them as long as it's in Class G airspace which is the instance in my location where I live however if that is near sunset time or just after sunset time and then I'm flying once it gets past the 30 minutes after sunset I am in violation of part 107 if I'm still flying I can't decide at that point that I'm going to finish my flight under hobbyist rules it doesn't work that way you have to determine when you launch your aircraft which rules you will be flying under and stay under those rules do the duration of your flight I also recommend you downloading the before you fly smartphone app it an app provided by the FAA to help you understand and know when you can and can't fly once you launch the app it'll let you know if you're far enough away from an airport that you can fly without calling or if you're close enough it'll let you know that you need to contact the airport before your flight this app is most helpful for hobbyist for part 107 operations I do recommend using a different app or a website such as sky vector comm to determine which airspace you will be flying in remember it's always important to plan your flights in advance know before you get to a location if you're within the five miles range if you're flying as a hobbyist or know what airspace you'll be flying in if you're flying under part 107 rules it's very important to plan ahead once your location has been determined safe and legal to fly in then you're getting close to being able to fly make sure you know how to operate your aircraft safely and properly read your manuals watch tutorials online whatever it takes do your research and make sure that you know how to operate your aircraft in the safest possible way once you feel confident in your ability to fly your aircraft and go far and have fun but always remember to fly your aircraft in a safe manner any reckless or unsafe flying can be reported to the FAA in turn they'll contact you to ask about your flying habits you don't want to have to deal with this when it could have been avoided to begin with hopefully that cleared up some questions you might have now that you have a new drone thanks for taking the time to watch this video as I said earlier I hope you'll consider sharing this this is something that many people need to be aware of before they ever purchased a drone or at least as soon as they purchased their first drone if you found this video to be helpful click below on the thumbs up to give me a like I sure appreciate it leave me a comment if you'd like let me know if you have a drone or if you're considering getting a drone let me know what drone you're considering purchase see also pleased as I said before consider sharing this video with someone else I'm 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UPDATE: As of Jan. 2018 Registration is once again required.
UPDATE: As of Oct. 2018 some new changes were made. Here is link to new video!

What do I do when I get a drone? Do I need to register my drone?Here I try to explain some of the USA Drone Rules.

Here are some tips about what you should do once you get a drone. Please note that these rules apply to the United States. For more information please visit

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24 comments on “USA Drone Rules (2018)


    Is everyone aware the new regulations we have to have are uas number on the outside of are drone visible I just received an email from the Federal Aviation Administration there's way too many idiots flying their drones next to airports and too close to buildings so the more these idiots break the law they making it harder for the people who following the rules what's going to happen next the FAA will see these videos and if you breaking the law you will be tracked down by your IP address and they have the video as proof so start flying smart

  2. Bruce H

    Under a new FAA regulation change, the drone registration number id can no longer be out of sight, such as in a battery compartment.  It now has to be visible on the outside of the drone.  This was put into effect before the end of the comment period so it may have changes in the future.

  3. Travis Stratton

    Has an aircraft ever been damaged by a retail recreational drone and has anyone in a flying aircraft ever been hurt? Seems like people other than those in Aviation are making all these rules. I submit that there are what are called flight paths. These paths are thousands of feet in the air and if you are not flying a drone in or around one the chances of hitting an aircraft is zero. Even if a heli or crop duster or anything else hit a drone is would cause little or no damage. Most of the time drones are moving slowly anyway and they are very light weight. Even if you were trying to intentionally hit an aircraft with a drone, it would be nearly impossible unless you were computer assisted. There are thousands of aircraft in the air an also millions of birds and you hardly ever hear of a mid-air collision. I think the chance of getting struck by lightning is greater. Let's make rules and laws for problems that actually exist.

  4. jim kraft

    They have completely destroyed the hobby of model aviation. They will regulate it out of existence. Glad for my 70 years of freedom to fly models without government control. Make no mistake, they will make a few ridiculous fines of thousands of dollars for a few to put fear in the rest to give up the hobby. They are not on our side. They are completely against us. Lawyers will write the rules, and they will interpret them and it will not be for our benefit. They will be looking for and excuse to arrest people for no reason but that they are flying a model airplane.

    I am not going to take that chance. My model aviation days are over. I will not buy a license from the government to fly model airplanes. That is absurd. Hat over heart. Model aviation is dead.

  5. xoaster

    I quit watching it when he said a UAV is an unmanned aircraft vehicle, PLEASE, know your stuff if you’re going to teach newcomers to the Hobby. The ‘A’ in UAV/UAS stands for aerial not aircraft.


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