Know Before You Fly

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy of Model Aeronautics to launch the "Know Before You Fly" educational campaign. This campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise oftentimes referred to drones.

Safety Guidelines for Recreational Users

  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • •Keep your UAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed. 
  • Remain clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
  • •Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property. 
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility. 
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, and government facilities. 
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property. 
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.