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FAA Regulations for Operating a Drone

Because drones operating on farms are not for recreational purposes, they have more restrictions.

If you are considering purchasing a drone for farming purposes, it’s important to understand the drone is subject to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations, Part 107.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Operators must obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from FAA Part 107.*
  • Aircraft must weigh less than 55 pounds, inclusive of payload and cargo.
  • Keep drone within unaided sight.
  • Only fly during daylight hours.
  • Do not exceed 100 mph or 400 feet above ground level.
  • Preflight inspections are required.
  • One aircraft per operator.
  • Aircraft must be registered with FAA and display a registration number.

*For more information, visit Refer to Federal, State and Local Laws for Drone Operation Guidelines.