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US drone regulations*

General context

In the United States, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are supervised by the Federal Aviation Administration. sUAS operations are categorized by the FAA depending on the pilot's certification, the purpose of the flight, and a few other factors.


The FAA provides detailed information on the use and limitations of sUAS in the National Airspace System on their website. Generally, sUAS pilots will fall into one of two categories: recreational or commercial.

Certified Remote Pilots including Commercial Operators

Pilots completing sUAS operations for work or business must follow the FAA’s rules titled “14 CFR Part 107”. To simplify this ruling the FAA defines three main steps for remote pilots operating under Part 107.


1. Learn the Rules

2. Become an FAA-Certified Drone Pilot by passing the knowledge test

3. Register your drone with the FAA


Recreational Flyers & Community-Based Organizations

For those who use drones for leisure or personal enjoyment alone, Congress developed the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft to exclude them from Part 107 regulations. All recreational flyer regulations must be followed by those who fly under this Exception.


More information for flight under this exemption can be found here.


Remote Identification

According to the “RID-ASTM-F3586-22-NOA-22-01” means of compliance, Parrot has developed the Anafi Ai and Anafi USA with compatible Remote ID functionality.


After receiving declarations of compliance and FAA approval, Parrot is now registered on the official FAA website list, publicly accessible here.

* The content of the drone regulations below is offered only as public general information. This does not provide legal advice of any kind, and Parrot cannot guarantee that the information is accurate, complete or up-to-date. This should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. You should always consult a suitably qualified attorney regarding any specific legal problem or matter.