What are the rules to fly your drone in 2021?

What are the rules to fly your drone in 2021?

This video will explain the nine requirements for operating under 49 USC 44809 for recreational UAS pilots. Remember! If you fail to meet one of these requirements, you are now operating under Part 107!

If you are part 107 certified, you must choose which set of rules to operate under prior to your flight. You are not permitted to change rules halfway through your flight.

Helpful Links
TRUST Test: https://trust.pilotinstitute.com/
CBO Guidelines: https://ftca.flitetest.com/safety-guidelines/
Recreational Flying Made Easy: https://pilotinstitute.com/course/recreational-flying-made-easy/

FAA Links
FAA Recreational Flight: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
FAA Drone Zone (for registration): https://faadronezone.faa.gov/
LAANC: https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad
AC 91-57B: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_91-57B.pdf

0:00 Introduction
0:25 Part 107 vs Recreational (44809)
3:35 #1 Fly for recreational purposes
6:28 #2 CBO Guidelines
8:59 #3 Visual Line of Sight
10:13 #4 Give way to manned aircraft
11:15 #5 Get airspace approval
13:12 #6 Fly no higher than 400 feet
14:15 #7 Take the TRUST test (https://trust.pilotinstitute.com)
15:40 #8 Registration
16:44 #9 Don’t fly dangerously

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The nine requirements
1. Fly only for recreational purposes (enjoyment).
2. Follow the safety guidelines of an FAA-recognized Community Based Organization (CBO).
3. Keep your drone within the visual line of sight or use a visual observer who is co-located (physically next to) and in direct communication with you.
4. Give way to and do not interfere with manned aircraft.
5. Fly at or below 400′ in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, and E) only with prior authorization by using LAANC or DroneZone.
6. Fly at or below 400 feet in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace.
7. Take The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) and carry proof of test passage.
8. Have a current registration, mark (PDF) your drones on the outside with the registration number, and carry proof of registration with you.
9. Do not operate your drone in a dangerous manner. For example:
a. Do not interfere with emergency response or law enforcement activities.
b. Do not fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


  1. Can Fly WA on June 30, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Hey Greg,
    Great info, now for a question

    If say I wanted to visit the USA and fly my drone whilst I was travelling around the US, as a visitor am I required to register my drone or can I give the FAA 🖕

  2. DRM THTR on June 30, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Visual line of sight rule makes no sense , if you have a drone with a camera and you look at your screen for more then a second, you don’t have visual line of sight the entire time . Everyone is violating that rule !!!!

  3. Tom Shamblin Painting on June 30, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I have a question, I already have a private pilot’s license. Did i still have to take a test every 3 years for drone Commercial license? And am I grandfathered in? What do I need to do? Thank you

  4. Armando Ferreira on June 30, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hello Greg, thanks for sharing. Does TRUST can be taken by foreign operators like myself that wish to fly in the US?
    In Europe we have different kind of requirements. For example you need to register as an operator to fly the Mini although it is sub250gr but registration is free. On the other hand no training is required for sub250gr drones.
    Sub250gr can fly in subcategory A1 over people but not crowds.
    I have taken the A1-A3 CofC despite not required to fly my Mini and I can fly heavier drones in subcategory A3 (far from people, at least 150 m from people, buildings and recreational areas).

  5. jocko john on June 30, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Don’t need no badge……don’t need no rules……don’t need no meddling FED……

  6. Oak on June 30, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Doesn’t the VLOS rule completely outlaw delivery drones? One more thing, I believe that it is actually one zero seven not one "O" seven?
    Be careful they might start using O’s on your paycheck!!!

  7. Mike Standal on June 30, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Very clear and helpful Greg. I already took your TRUST exam last week and it was very well done. I’m going to check out FlightTest, did not know they are working on being a CBO. Thanks for all you do for the drone community.

  8. Drone Service Providers Alliance on June 30, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    "use your brain, use your common sense…"

    Oh, only if it was that easy. 🙄

  9. Gene D. on June 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the sharing I passed the test this morning it was pretty easy as you reported

  10. gooddealonly on June 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Does the TRUST certificate allow night flying?

  11. Salem Agency on June 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you Greg! 🙂 T

  12. Anthony Olvera on June 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    $300 to fly a toy ….wow fuckin government

  13. Lucas Celeste on June 30, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Hey it’s the dude from the ads wassup my guy

  14. Michael Brown on June 30, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Great rule summary video, thanks.
    Please also emphasize the importance of courtesy. But just because you can do something legally, doesn’t mean the behavior is in the best interest of the sport. Just like dirt bikes, pretty much everyone who doesn’t fly drones, hates drones. If you take your drone to the lake and fly around someone out in a kayak, or fishing or over houses in a quiet neighborhood, then you’ve just made a drone enemy. We’re fighting an uphill perception battle, it takes effort and awareness on our part, if we don’t want even more rules and restrictions.

  15. Drone Service Providers Alliance on June 30, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks Greg. Awesome and well explained video. So many people in so many forums need to hear this!!!

  16. Cynthia Fuller on June 30, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you

  17. Dennis Brooks on June 30, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Number 8 and 9, Numbers reversed. 9 listed as Registration and 8 is Don’t Fly Dangerously.

  18. Alex & Thalia on June 30, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    My only question will be Where I live at there’s a lot of houses a lot of trees a lot of powerlines Normally when I take my drone up I don’t really go anywhere but then it gets kind of boring Because if I move anywhere else I’ll lose sight of my Drome So how do you enjoy flying if you can’t really go anywhere If anything I said make any type of sense And then there’s like Parx but like there’s a lot of people in kids I live in the city so there’s not really a lot of places where I think I could go

  19. 1 flyjc on June 30, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the info. As usual, great job. Always hated test eventhough I did well on them (trust took me about 10 mins). Thanks 😊👍.

  20. racefanwfo on June 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm


  21. Trice Burgess on June 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you sir. Excellent info! I got both to make sure I am covered.

  22. Mike T on June 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Is their any approval or what not to fly above 400 feet.? looking to do a high altitude flight with dji mini 2 what can I do? TIA

  23. TheWebStylist on June 30, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Do these apply to the 249gram Mavic Mini2?

  24. Marco Reviews on June 30, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks 🙏 for making this video. Flight test fan for sure!

  25. JC FPV on June 30, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you so much I passed the trust exam yesterday it was easy and I learned a lot, I hope to be starting the part 107 with pilot institute soon I look forward to Learning more every day.

  26. Jim Williams on June 30, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    If you have a commercial Part 107 drone certificate, should you get a Trust certificate in case your part 107 certificate temporarily lapses? (in case you want to fly for non-commercial reasons during the temporary lapse time)

  27. John Palosz on June 30, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    New drone pilot here. Mavic 2 Pro. I hold a commercial rotary wing instrument license. Am I covered under the regs. Or do I need to add this or part 107 to my current license should I decide to fly for hire. I’m not sure that I will fly for hire yet since this new to me. Thanks in advance.

  28. Alex & Thalia on June 30, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I like it some good information you’re putting out there . Thank you

  29. SHELDON WN on June 30, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    What about evening or night flights for hobbyists?

  30. Timothy Collins on June 30, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Shared this video on my Facebook page. Great info.

  31. Stuart Wilson on June 30, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t understand, what is the safety difference between someone selling drone footage vs someone not intending to sell the footage? This law is complete bullshit.

  32. Digital Kite Aerial Photography & Videography on June 30, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    You said membership is NOT required to operate under a CBO’s guidelines. But I went to AMA’s website and they clearly say: “The Academy of Model Aeronautics maintains that membership is a requirement to operate within our CBO programming.”

  33. John Larson on June 30, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Very informative video. Well done. I was checking when I need to renew my recreational certificate. I saw they now require my inventory. I fly fpv and built and rebuilt my fleet. It asks for the manufacturer and model. There’s a ton of components in a build most from different manufacturers. Do I use the frame model and manufacturer? If I destroyed one can it be removed? Thanks. 🤓

  34. Braddakine Productions on June 30, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    In my area there is no aircraft that flies here which makes the ʻ400 rule redundant..

  35. Jim Hatch on June 30, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Excellent recap for drone flyers. Should be required watching for everyone who buys a drone 🙂

  36. Scott Hirschman on June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Line of sight with a Mavic Mini 2, do you know how hard that is?

  37. Doug Crum on July 1, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Very well articulated…

  38. javier f on July 1, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I learned in life that how you word things will help you out a lot!

  39. mykalbee on July 1, 2021 at 12:04 am

    I took the trust test but I was a bit unclear on the CBO deal. What CBO should I be using cuz I live on an island with a Naval Air Station so there is no flying anything unless it’s manned aircraft. So clarity on this topic would be appreciated. I’m completely recreational currently.

  40. Chasbro Chas on July 1, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Going to check out that course, however what still isn’t clear to me and some is the rules for flying over people, or flying at night as a recreational pilot. Thanks so much for all this important info. I always follow the rules as best I can.

  41. Tiv Love Cars on July 1, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Hi Greg, as a recreational flyer, can I fly my drone & take photos and videos at a family/friend BBQ and post to my social media? Thank you very much in advance 🙏🏾

  42. Cryptoman 5000 on July 1, 2021 at 12:06 am

    What about in legal states? jk 😂

  43. Dennis Brooks on July 1, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Is the TRUST test worth anything? Many seem to be taking the tests without watching the video, just adjusting to the correct answers. If you can’t fail, why pay attention?

  44. John Leach on July 1, 2021 at 12:08 am

    First of all, define what country(es)’ laws you’re using. Then restart. JL

  45. Ron Baker on July 1, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I would like to try drone flying as a hobby. Do I have to get a license before before to fly. I have not purchased yet. Great video. Thank you.

  46. Ray of Creation on July 1, 2021 at 12:10 am

    The trust “test” is a complete joke! This entire faa BS is just stepping on the toes of real drone pilots aka FPV. The problem is, dad buy a mavic and all of a sudden think they are a pilot…. I have my 107 and that is a complete joke as well. The test has nothing to do with being a drone pilot.

  47. Danny Choate on July 1, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I am hearing drones – do planes not need any of the items you have been talking about?

  48. Embeded Fabrication on July 1, 2021 at 12:12 am

    The FAA is the federal government and they are only interested in supporting BIG business, these regulations are just another example of their hostility towards small business.

  49. Stephanie Ferrante on July 1, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Hey. I just took the test and got the certificate. Thanks.

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