How Many Drone Pilots are Flying Without a License? DRONELIFE Minute Survey
At DRONELIFE, we’ve gathered some anecdotal evidence over the years about how many drone pilots are flying without a license.
Harry McNabb

FAA Modifies Restrictions on Drone Operations over DoD Facilities
At the request of the Department of Defense, and federal security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations...

EPIC Sues to Enforce Transparency Obligations of FAA`s Drone Advisory Committee
EPIC has filed suit to enforce the open government obligations of the Drone Advisory Committee, an industry-dominated committee that advises the Federal Aviation Administration on U.S. drone policy.

FAA Restricts Drones Over Major U.S. Landmarks
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a new regulation restricting unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
Richard Gonzales

Inside the Numbers: Part 107 Waiver Denials
Which waiver applications don’t stand a chance?
Leah Froats
Drone 360

Forget about waiting months to find out if you can fly...
Leah Froats
Drone 360

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA - Recode
Surprisingly, the drone industry isn’t thrilled.
April Glaser

Articles: How the FAA Hinders Innovation
The civilian drone market was predicted to take off like a rocket. But the market has stalled. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is keeping drone technology bottled up in the U.S. while it continues to move forward in Asia and Europe.
Ira Brodsky
American Thinker

Court strikes down rule forcing toy drone users to register with govt
A D.C.-based appeals court struck down a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule on Friday requiring recreational drone users to register their model aircraft with the federal government, in a major win for drone hobbyists.
Melanie Zanona
The Hill

Drone Advisory Committee Holds Third Meeting Today
The FAA will host the third meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) today, where working groups will present their progress.
Miriam McNabb
Drone Life

FAA approves night flights for ND drone unit to fly across the nation | Bemidji Pioneer
The Federal Aviation Administration has given drone pilots with the Grand Forks County Sheriff`s Office permission to fly drones at night anywhere in the country.
April Baumgarten
The Bemedji Pioneer

Senate hearing offers insight on FAA UAS progress, future plans
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met this week to hear testimony from unmanned aircraft systems experts, officials and interested parties.
Luke Geiver
UAS Magazine

FAA OKs North Dakota UAS Test Site for Beyond-Line-of-Sight Operations
This authorization will help companies like General Atomics, Northrop Grumman and future tenants at the Grand Sky technology park test and evaluate complex UAS operations possible nowhere else in the nation.


New FAA Pathfinder Program Collaboration to `Address Needs of Evolving UAS Industry`
To explore unmanned aircraft system operations not addressed in its proposed rules, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated the Pathfinder Program, a partnership with three different companies in the industry.
Betsy Lillian
Unmanned Aerial Online

FAA Says UAV Registrations, Pilot Applications Booming
`Since releasing its Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) rule on Aug. 29, as of Nov. 9 the FAA had received more than 30,000 new aircraft registrations from commercial operators
Aviation Week
Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of weighing 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) or more must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. You can register your drone from the FAA's web site at registermyuas.faa.gov. Registration is easy, it requires only an email address, a mailing address, and a credit card. The cost is $5.00.

Once your registration is completed you will receive a UAS Certificate Number that is to be displayed on your drone's exterior or, if it is not locked, slid into the battery compartment. It should also be noted that this cert number is good for as many drones as you may acquire. If you need help with your registration you can contact UAShelp@faa.gov.

While you are on their web site check out the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems page at faa.gov/uas. There is a great deal of information available from this site if you know how to find it. OnClick Air is currently building a navigation map of the FAA's UAS resources to help you (see below).

The FAA UAS site contains information on their Aircraft Registry, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), News and Updates, Model Aircraft Operations, and Safety Tips. There are also external links to instructive sites like the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and Know Before You Fly which are especially helpful resources for new drone pilots.

View PDF - Printable Version FAA UAS Site Map