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FAA Part 107 Highlights:

  • You can fly during daylight or in twilight (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting.
  • Minimum weather visibility is three miles from your control station.
  • The maximum allowable altitude is 400 feet above the ground, and higher if your drone remains within 400 feet of a structure.
  • The maximum speed is 100 mph (87 knots).
  • You can’t fly a small UAS over anyone who is not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, or not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  • No operations from a moving vehicle are allowed unless you are flying over a sparsely populated area.
  • You can carry an external load if it is securely attached and does not adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft.
  • You also may transport property for compensation or hire within state boundaries provided the drone – including its attached systems, payload and cargo – weighs less than 55 pounds total and you obey the other flight rules. (Some exceptions apply to Hawaii and the District of Columbia. These are spelled out in Part 107.)
  • To operate the controls of a small UAS under Part 107, you need a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating, or be under the direct supervision of a person who holds such a certificate.
  • You must make your drone available to the FAA for inspection or testing on request, and you must provide any associated records required to be kept under the rule.
  • You must report to the FAA within 10 days any operation that results in serious injury, loss of consciousness, or property damage (to property other than the UAS) of at least $500.
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