The United States has the safest and most complex airspace in the world. The FAA has authority over this airspace from the ground up, and is responsible for making sure air traffic flies smoothly and efficiently.
Anyone operating a UAS is responsible for flying within FAA guidelines and regulations. Operators should be aware of where it is and is not safe to fly.
Learn about airspace restrictions, especially around airports, so your UAS does not endanger people or other aircraft.
The FAA is leading a public outreach campaign to promote safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems.
Download the FAA’s safety app, which provides real-time information about airspace restrictions and other flying requirements based on your GPS location.
Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:
- Fly at or below 400 feet and stay away from surrounding obstacles
- Keep your UAS within sight
- Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
- Never fly over groups of people
- Never fly over stadiums or sports events
- Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
- Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Understand airspace restrictions and requirements