Know Before You Fly

Key elements of AMA's Safety Code include the requirement to see and avoid manned aircraft and maintain model aircraft operations within visual line of sight. In addition to operating within our safety programming, AMA members must comply with the following rules and guidelines. Non AMA members, those who do not fully satisfy the criteria in Section 336, and/or commercial operators must comply with a different set of regulations and certifications.

1. Register

  • On December 12, 2017, President Trump signed legislation that restores the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members. Learn more and register on the FAA's website.

2. Notify Airports

  • Notify airports within five miles before operations. Click here for guidance.
  • Remain below 400 feet above the ground when within 3 miles of an airport unless there is notification or an agreement with the airport that allows models to safely go higher.

3. Earn a Remote Pilot's Certificate (if needed)

  • AMA Members operating within our community-based programming for recreation do not need this certificate.
  • Members who plan to conduct any commercial, civil service, or non recreational flight will need to take a test and earn a remote pilot's certificate.
  • Testing is approximately $150 at an FAA testing center.

4. Be Aware of No Fly Zones

  • Do not fly near stadiums, critical infrastructure (correctional facilities, water treatment centers, utilities, etc...), or large open air events.
  • Avoid pedestrians, moving vehicles, busy roadways, powerlines, obstacles, deteriorating weather.
  • Respect the privacy and property of others.
  • Be aware of community ordinances and guidelines.
  • Comply with Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) and no fly zones. Click here to read TFRs.