What You Need to Know
A drone is also called an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Whether you're a novice drone pilot or have many years of aviation experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the National Airspace System. Think of these tips as a pre-flight checklist to help you fly safely. The FAA rules you need to follow while flying your drone will depend on what your purpose is. Safety is always first.
Not sure what rule applies to you? The FAA site has a helpful "User Identification" tool to assist you with this determination.
User Identification Tool
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Flying Near Airports
FAA Drone Zone
FAA Opens the LAANC System to Recreational Drone Users
On July 23, 2019, the FAA announced it had expanded the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system to include recreational drone users. The LAANC system, which is available at about 400 air traffic facilities covering nearly 600 airports, allows drone pilots to obtain near real-time airspace authorizations if the user intends to fly below pre-approved altitudes in controlled airspace.