There's great information online about drone laws, regulations, and best practices, but it's important to know which sources are reliable. We've collected some useful sites that provide trustworthy guidance:
- Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership for all things UAS at Virginia Tech
- Federal Aviation Administration UAS Portal for all things UAS in the United States.
- Know Before You Fly is a campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. Their U.S. Airspace Map shows an easy-to-read overview of locations where drone flights are restricted, like around airports, heliports, and national parks.
- Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is the world’s largest, non-profit model aviation association that promotes model aviation as sport and recreation.
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted to advancing the unmanned systems and robotic community.
Federal regulations for unmanned aircraft
- 14 CFR Part 107: Regulation pertaining to Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- 14 CFR Part 101: Special Rule for Model Aircraft
- Section 333: Special Rules for Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- Section 336: Special Rule for Model Aircraft
- U.S. Drone Registration Site for registering your drone.
- FAA Special Use Airspace (SUA) Tool will help you find Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and specially designated airspace in your flight area.
- Two sites to check for Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs):
- Flight Service allows you to file a DROTAM (Drone Notice to Airmen) for free, once you're registered with the site. It's also a one-stop-shop for all things flight planning.
- SkyVector is a free aeronautical chart and flight planning tool; they post DROTAMs, as well.
- WeatherSTEM for real-time weather conditions at Virginia Tech:
- Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA), to apply for and maintain airmen certificates, including the Remote Pilot Certificate.
- FAA Remote Pilot Certificate test prep from lynda.com (Virginia Tech login credentials required).
- Am I fit to fly?