FAA Certification required

Must be a faa part 107 certified remote pilot to fly a drone in your business by law.

we are at michiana drone services llc and have a Certification of Authorization to fly in some areas of South Bend International Airspace and Elkhart.

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General https://www.faa.gov/uas/ .    Note: Currently there are a lot of changes in Federal Regulations. Please see their website for the most current.

What is an unmanned aircraft system (UAS)?
An unmanned aircraft system is an unmanned aircraft and the equipment necessary for the safe and efficient operation of that aircraft. An unmanned aircraft is a component of a UAS. It is defined by statute as an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft (Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8)).


Fly under the Small UAS Rule


  • Fly for recreational OR commercial use

To fly under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107), you must:

Remote Pilot Certification

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Pass an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center*
  • Undergo Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) security screening

For more information about how to get a Remote Pilot Certificate, visit Remote Pilot Certification.

*A person who already holds a pilot certificate issued under 14 CFR part 61 and has successfully completed a flight review within the previous 24 months can complete a part 107 online training course at www.faasafety.gov to satisfy this requirement.

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Registration Requirements

Unmanned aircraft not flown under section 336 must be registered under part 107.

More information about the registration process is available through  UAS Registration.

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Part 107 Operating Rules

  • Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, including payload, at takeoff
  • Fly in Class G airspace*
  • Keep the unmanned aircraft within visual line-of-sight*
  • Fly at or below 400 feet*
  • Fly during daylight or civil twilight*
  • Fly at or under 100 mph*
  • Yield right of way to manned aircraft*
  • Do not fly directly over people*
  • Do not fly from a moving vehicle, unless in a sparsely populated area*

For more detailed operating rules, please see:


Fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft  (For Hobby)

To fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft you must:

  • Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY
  • Register your model aircraft
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Notify the airport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport*
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts

For more information about what you can do with a model aircraft, please read FAA Advisory Circular 91-57A (PDF) or read the Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (PDF).

If you do not meet these requirements, you must fly under the FAA’s Small UAS Rule (part 107).

*The person flying the model aircraft is responsible for contacting the airport directly. Many phone numbers for airports are available here:

Many airports have processes for people who fly near their airports, and the model aircraft operator can talk with them directly about how to meet this rule.

Registration Requirements

The FAA requires you to register as a “modeler” and mark your model aircraft with your registration number in case it is lost or stolen.

Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years.

More information about the registration process is available through  UAS Registration.