The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has defined a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) or drone as a small remote controlled aircraft controlled by a ground based transmitter or an autopilot. This includes traditional RC model aircraft and hobby drones over 8 ounces in weight. Small unmanned aircraft and drones may be operated for hobby and recreational purposes under specific safety guidelines as established by Congress.
The Black Hawk R/C Pilots membership is open to all model aircraft pilots including drone pilots. We have a flying site that is suitable for all types of model aircraft operations and knowledgeable members who can help you navigate the sUAS rules and learn to safely fly RC aircraft and drones!
Under the FAA's "Special Rule for Model Aircraft", recreational RC aircraft and drones operated by AMA members may follow the safety guidelines of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Pilots who are not AMA members, must follow the more restrictive FAA rules for sUAS aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires all owners of small unmanned aircraft, or drones, weighing between 0.55 pounds (8.8 ounces or 250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kg) to register on the FAA's online website before taking to the skies. Exception -- drones flown indoors do not require FAA registration.
For more information, visit "Know Before You Fly"