Commercial Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) must be operated in accordance with FAA operational rules.
What constitutes commercial drone use?
- Any drone used to provide contract services, i.e. Industrial equipment or property inspection.
- Selling pictures/videos taken from a drone.
- Drones used to monitor the progress of your company’s work.
- Using drones for professional services, i.e., security or telecommunications.
What are the requirements for commercial drone use?
Any company using a drone for commercial purposes must be at least 16 years old and hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the supervision of an individual with a remote pilot certificate, and pass applicable TSA vetting.
How do I obtain a FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate?
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2: Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13
Are there continuing education requirements for remote pilots?
Yes. Pilots must pass the $150 FAA Remote Pilot Airman exam every two years.
What are the requirements for the drone/UAS?
The drone must weigh less than 55 lbs and undergo a pre-flight check by the FAA Remote Pilot Airman certificate holder.
What are the commercial drone operating rules?
- Fly under 400 ft above ground level unless you are within 400 ft of a structure.
- Keep the UAS in sight of either the remote pilot in command or an observer
- Fly during daylight hours or 30 minutes before and after official sunrise and sunset.
- Fly at or below 100mph
- Yield right-of-way to manned aircrafts
- Do not fly over people
- Do not fly from a moving vehicle in densely populated areas.
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