To fly drones for educational or instructional purposes (for example, teaching a STEM class or a drone training program) there are 2 options:
Option 1: Fly under Part 107
Part 107 is the main set of rules for flying small drones (less than 55 lbs.) in the United States.
You can fly under part 107 rules for any reason, including for work or business, for fun in your backyard, to teach, or for public safety missions.
To fly under part 107 rules, there are 3 main steps:
Make sure you understand what is and is not allowed under Part 107 rules. Review a summary of the Part 107 rules (PDF) .
Still unsure if Part 107 rules work for you and your intended operation? Check our user identification tool.
Review the rules for flying your drone below to ensure that your operations meet the requirements.
Even if you're only flying in your backyard, drones that weigh more than 0.55 pounds must be registered.
1. Register your drone with the FAA – Visit faadronezone.faa.gov and select "Fly Model Aircraft under Section 336" to get started.
2. Once you've registered, mark your drone (PDF) with your registration number in case it gets lost or stolen.
It is important to review the rules for flying your drone, prior to your first flight.
If you want to fly more advanced drone operations, review the Part 107 operational waiver information.
Knowing where you can and can't fly your drone will help to maintain a safe airspace for not only you, but others flying as well. You are responsible for flying within FAA guidelines and regulations. That means it is up to you as a drone pilot to know the Rules of the Sky, and where it is and is not safe to fly.
Be sure to download the B4UFLY app on your mobile device. This will assist you in being a responsible drone pilot.
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
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