The FAA is in control of all airspace in the United States. If you have a drone and plan to fly it outdoors in this country, there are rules you need to follow. Depending on your drone, your desired flight location, and your purpose for flying, you may even need prior authorizations to fly.
Half-way through 2020, recreational pilots still do not need a pilot’s license, but if you fly for compensation, you need your Part 107 remote pilot certificate.
It can be a little confusing to figure out if you are a hobby or commercial pilot, so the FAA put out a little guide to try to help. You can see the full guide here, or enjoy our simple remake of it below.
Do I need the drone Part 107 pilot’s license?
The FAA’s official Part 107 identification quiz.
Some of the questions included in the quiz ask if you are an educator, flying for work, or if you are flying to test a new drone design or technology. As you progress, there is one question that pretty much tips the scales one way…