SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: June 21, 2016 — the Federal Aviation Administration has released new regulations for unmanned aircraft systems under 55 pounds that will take effect later this summer. The rules simplify the process for users to operate small UAS for civil and commercial purposes. Read more about the announcement here or read a summary of the regulations here.
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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the founding members to spread the word about safe and responsible flying.
On February 15, 2015, the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small, unmanned aircraft. An NPRM is a public notice issued by law when an independent agency, such as the FAA, wishes to add, remove or change a rule or regulation as part of the rulemaking process. It does not change any existing guidelines, rules, regulations or policy that may be in place. Instead, it opens the door for public comment and the beginning of the rulemaking process. Until the final rule is implemented, and to learn more, please continue to check out this website and the FAA’s Fact Sheet on UAS. You can also track further developments on the NPRM here. If you have additional questions, please email the FAA at UASemail@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.