The FAA Do’s and Don’ts of Model Aircraft Operations  globe plane icon


  • DO register your aircraft if it weighs more than 55 pounds
  • DO fly a model aircraft/UAS at the local model aircraft club
  • DO take lessons and learn to fly safely
  • DO fly a model aircraft for personal enjoyment



  • DON’T fly near manned aircraft
  • DON’T fly beyond line of sight of the operator
  • DON’T fly an aircraft weighing more than 55 pounds unless it’s certified by an aeromodeling community-based organization
  • DON’T fly contrary to your aeromodeling community-based safety guidelines
  • DON’T fly model aircraft for payment or commercial purposes


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