Know the laws,

Ask for Appropriate Certification!

   Everyone knows someone with a Drone!

 Just because you can own one doesn't make it legal to operate it for commercial use.

  If you want to fly your UAS for commercial use, you must follow the FAA’s set of operational rules (known as “Part 107”). These rules will take effect on August 29, 2016. If you want to fly for commercial purposes prior to this date, please contact the FAA at to get clear guidance.


 What is a commercial use of UAS?

Any commercial use in connection with a business, including:

  • Selling photos or videos taken from a UAS

  • Using UAS to provide contract services, such as industrial equipment or factory inspection

  • Using UAS to provide professional services, such as security or telecommunications

  • Using UAS to monitor the progress of work your company is performing


 What are some examples of commercial uses of UAS?

  • Professional real estate or wedding photography

  • Professional cinema photography for a film or television production

  • Providing contract services for mapping or land surveys


 What requirements do I need to meet to fly commercially?

Remote Pilot requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age

  • Must hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a small UAS rating or be under the direct supervision of someone holding a remote pilot airman certificate

  • Must pass the applicable Transportation Security Administration (TSA) vetting

UAS requirements:

  • Must weigh less than 55 lbs.*

  • Must undergo pre-flight check by remote pilot in command (a.k.a. you or the person supervising the operation)

Location requirements

  • Operations in Class B, C, D and E airspace are allowed with the required Air Traffic Controller (ATC) permission

  • Operations in Class G airspace are allowed without ATC permission


 If I meet all the requirements to fly commercially, what are the operating rules?

  • Must fly under 400 feet above ground level (AGL) or, if flying at an altitude higher than 400 feet AGL, stay within 400 feet of a structure

  • Must keep the UAS in sight (i.e. visual line of sight), either by the remote pilot in command or a visual observer*

  • Must fly during daylight hours* or civil twilight hours (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset, local time) with appropriate anti-collision lighting

  • Must fly at or below 100 mph*

  • Must yield right of way to manned aircraft*

  • Must not fly over people*

  • Must not fly from a moving vehicle unless you are in a sparsely populated area*

*If you want to operate UAS for commercial purposes outside of these rules, you may apply for a certificate of waiver. The FAA will grant waivers if operation can be performed safely but may otherwise not be allowed under Part 107.