Engineering students inspecting a drone

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:

General information

Federal regulations for unmanned aircraft

Flight planning

  • 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: