A series reviewing 14 CFR Part 107
In this video we will review subpart A of Part 107
The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, will be effective in August 2016.
For more detailed information, please see:
Summary of the Small UAS Rule (PDF)
Small UAS Advisory Circular – How to Use the Rule (PDF)
Complete Text of the Small UAS Rule (PDF)
Note: This document, when on public display at the Office of the Federal Register, may contain minor changes based on edits to format for publication.
Subpart A—General§ 107.1 Applicability.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, this part applies to the
registration, airman certification, and operation of civil small unmanned aircraft systems
within the United States.
(b) This part does not apply to the following:
(1) Air carrier operations;
(2) Any aircraft subject to the provisions of part 101 of this chapter; or
(3) Any operation that a remote pilot in command elects to conduct pursuant to an
exemption issued under section 333 of Public Law 112-95, unless otherwise specified in
§ 107.3 Definitions.
The following definitions apply to this part. If there is a conflict between the
definitions of this part and definitions specified in § 1.1 of this chapter, the definitions in
this part control for purposes of this part:
Control station means an interface used by the remote pilot to control the flight path
of the small unmanned aircraft.
Corrective lenses means spectacles or contact lenses.
Small unmanned aircraft means an unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds
on takeoff, including everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft.
Small unmanned aircraft system (small UAS) means a small unmanned aircraft and
its associated elements (including communication links and the components that control the
small unmanned aircraft) that are required for the safe and efficient operation of the small
unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system.
Unmanned aircraft means an aircraft operated without the possibility of direct
human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
Visual observer means a person who is designated by the remote pilot in command
to assist the remote pilot in command and the person manipulating the flight controls of the
small UAS to see and avoid other air traffic or objects aloft or on the ground.
§ 107.5 Falsification, reproduction or alteration.
(a) No person may make or cause to be made—
(1) Any fraudulent or intentionally false record or report that is required to be made,
kept, or used to show compliance with any requirement under this part.
(2) Any reproduction or alteration, for fraudulent purpose, of any certificate, rating,
authorization, record or report under this part.
(b) The commission by any person of an act prohibited under paragraph (a) of this
section is a basis for any of the following:
(1) Denial of an application for a remote pilot certificate or a certificate of waiver,
(2) Suspension or revocation of any certificate or waiver issued by the
Administrator under this part and held by that person; or
(3) A civil penalty.
§ 107.7 Inspection, testing, and demonstration of compliance.
(a) A remote pilot in command, owner, or person manipulating the flight controls of
a small unmanned aircraft system must, upon request, make available to the Administrator:
(1) The remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating; and
(2) Any other document, record, or report required to be kept under the regulations
of this chapter.
(b) The remote pilot in command, visual observer, owner, operator, or person
manipulating the flight controls of a small unmanned aircraft system must, upon request,
allow the Administrator to make any test or inspection of the small unmanned aircraft
system, the remote pilot in command, the person manipulating the flight controls of a small
unmanned aircraft system, and, if applicable, the visual observer to determine compliance
with this part.
§ 107.9 Accident reporting.
No later than 10 calendar days after an operation that meets the criteria of either
paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, a remote pilot in command must report to the FAA, in a
manner acceptable to the Administrator, any operation of the small unmanned aircraft
involving at least:
(a) Serious injury to any person or any loss of consciousness; or
(b) Damage to any property, other than the small unmanned aircraft, unless one of
the following conditions is satisfied:
(1) The cost of repair (including materials and labor) does not exceed $500; or
(2) The fair market value of the property does not exceed $500 in the event of total
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