USA Drone Rules (2018)

UPDATE: As of Jan. 2018 Registration is once again required.
UPDATE: As of Oct. 2018 some new changes were made. Here is link to new video!

What do I do when I get a drone? Do I need to register my drone?Here I try to explain some of the USA Drone Rules.

Here are some tips about what you should do once you get a drone. Please note that these rules apply to the United States. For more information please visit

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27 Replies to “USA Drone Rules (2018)”

  1. Marvin Flyer

    Thanks for the video. I've had some practice on ScharkSpark SS40. Now I'm considering upgrading slightly to one of the Hubsan series with HD video and brushless motors to fly over some land parcels of mine for good video. I'm not worried about the regulations, it'll be fun to get the RPAC. I'm just curious if you know anything about the Hubsan's and if they will be sufficient for surveying land.


    Is everyone aware the new regulations we have to have are uas number on the outside of are drone visible I just received an email from the Federal Aviation Administration there's way too many idiots flying their drones next to airports and too close to buildings so the more these idiots break the law they making it harder for the people who following the rules what's going to happen next the FAA will see these videos and if you breaking the law you will be tracked down by your IP address and they have the video as proof so start flying smart

  3. Bruce H

    Under a new FAA regulation change, the drone registration number id can no longer be out of sight, such as in a battery compartment.  It now has to be visible on the outside of the drone.  This was put into effect before the end of the comment period so it may have changes in the future.

  4. Travis Stratton

    Has an aircraft ever been damaged by a retail recreational drone and has anyone in a flying aircraft ever been hurt? Seems like people other than those in Aviation are making all these rules. I submit that there are what are called flight paths. These paths are thousands of feet in the air and if you are not flying a drone in or around one the chances of hitting an aircraft is zero. Even if a heli or crop duster or anything else hit a drone is would cause little or no damage. Most of the time drones are moving slowly anyway and they are very light weight. Even if you were trying to intentionally hit an aircraft with a drone, it would be nearly impossible unless you were computer assisted. There are thousands of aircraft in the air an also millions of birds and you hardly ever hear of a mid-air collision. I think the chance of getting struck by lightning is greater. Let's make rules and laws for problems that actually exist.

  5. jim kraft

    They have completely destroyed the hobby of model aviation. They will regulate it out of existence. Glad for my 70 years of freedom to fly models without government control. Make no mistake, they will make a few ridiculous fines of thousands of dollars for a few to put fear in the rest to give up the hobby. They are not on our side. They are completely against us. Lawyers will write the rules, and they will interpret them and it will not be for our benefit. They will be looking for and excuse to arrest people for no reason but that they are flying a model airplane.

    I am not going to take that chance. My model aviation days are over. I will not buy a license from the government to fly model airplanes. That is absurd. Hat over heart. Model aviation is dead.

  6. xoaster

    I quit watching it when he said a UAV is an unmanned aircraft vehicle, PLEASE, know your stuff if you’re going to teach newcomers to the Hobby. The ‘A’ in UAV/UAS stands for aerial not aircraft.

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