Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves. Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. “Know Before You Fly” is an educational campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

Know Before You Fly was founded by the two leading organizations with a stake in UAS safety – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The campaign is conducted in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the federal agency charged with keeping the U.S. national airspace safe.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The FAA’s final rule for small, unmanned aircraft went into effect on August 29, 2016. It provides specific safety regulations for non-recreational use of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds. That means UAS users who want to fly for commercial use (such as providing aerial surveying or photography services) or fly incidental to a business (such as performing roof inspections or real estate photography) must follow these regulations. For more information about how this rule will impact the specific way you are flying your UAS, visit the business or government entities pages on this website. To learn more or if you have any questions, check out the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems page here or email the FAA directly at UAShelp@faa.gov.

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The Know Before You Fly campaign is looking for supporters to help spread the word on safe and responsible UAS use.

If your business is interested in becoming an official supporter of the campaign and promoting safe flying send us a note at contact@knowbeforeyoufly.org.

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