A new world of opportunities for drone operators recently opened when the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists became effective. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to make sure you have the information you will need to take advantage of those opportunities. You must have a remote pilot certificate with a small unmanned aerial system rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate, to fly your drone. Users are required to register aircraft weighing more than .55 pounds in a national data base. To register, visit the FAA website at www.faa.gov/usa/registration. Unmanned aircraft must remain below 400 feet and outside of 5 miles from any airport/airfield. It is recommended that you use one of the many model aircraft parks that exist across the country. For more information, visit the Know Before You Fly website at KnowBeforeYouFly.org.
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