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 as long as specific safety guidelines are followed.
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.
On May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court ruled against the FAA registration requirement for small unmanned aircraft or drones for AMA members. Drones flown by non-AMA members must register on-line with the FAA. Drones used commercially must be registered and the pilot must pass a qualification test. Pilots of aircraft or drones flown indoors or that weigh less than 8 ounces are exempt from FAA registration requirements.
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