What are the rules to fly your drone in 2022?

What are the rules to fly your drone in 2022?

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. Sudburydrone on April 14, 2022 at 5:57 pm


  2. ooigfgnnkhjjnc on April 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Government scam.

  3. Let's Go Brandon on April 14, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Just buy the new mini 3 from DJI and don’t get paid and you don’t need a license. If you’re getting paid, get your 107, otherwise, no point. The new software will also tell you youre in controlled airspace.

  4. superman7 on April 14, 2022 at 6:02 pm


    Yeah, the government can do insider trading among many other crimes while we have to register and take a test before we can sht in a toilet if the turd is too long!? Sorry but this is all a bunch of BS! We should be telling them, we understand the reason for staying below 400 feet….. everything else, you can GFY! I mean seriously "AMERICAN PATRIOTS/WE THE PEOPLE"…… HAVE YOU LOST THE *WHOLE* CONCEPT OF FREEDOM!? I just love how we casually talk about them regulating us FLYING A DAMN TOY as if it were on the same level as getting a pilots license!?

    Okay yes, I know these could be used for nefarious purposes with a potential for harm….. BUT THAT’S TRUE OF A FREAKIN ROCK, BUTTER KNIFE OR A PLASTIC BAG FOR GOD’S SAKE! So not only do we brush off the "here’s how you can play with your toy" BS, but we let them charge us for it too!? I don’t know why we don’t go ahead and change the name already…… from AMERICA TO CHINA! Whatever. Maybe this is just me being in a bad mood, I don’t know, but one thing I DO KNOW….. AMERICA *AND AMERICANS* WERE A LOT DIFFERENT 30 YEARS AGO!

    Back then we wouldn’t have so easily put up with this sht! Oh, & before anyone says, "this isn’t that big a deal to get that upset about it"…. I turn that back to you, if its not that big a deal, WHY ARE THEY REGULATING IT & CHARGING FOR IT!? PERSPECTIVE & PRIORITY MATTERS WHEN YOU HAVE NIETHER! I will say this much though, this definitely turns me away from wanting a drone now! Its just one more way for them to get you, your interests & activities "REGISTERED" then CHARGE you for the STRUCTURED "freedom" they ALLOW you to have…. no thanks! Okay, rant over.

  5. james becquart on April 14, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    10. do not fly within 100 ft of anyone’s home.

  6. Roy alltop on April 14, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    What rules are there for drones under 250 grams like the dji mini 2?

  7. shane humberstone on April 14, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Had a few drones since before they brought in the legislation,not flown since they made the rules in the uk but now I’ve sorted my flyer and operator I.d out

  8. bumperxx1 on April 14, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Yeah 150bucks for something that used to be free. I guess we aren’t so free anymore fees and regulations. Before you know it I will need to register my paintball gun and air soft gun.

  9. Joshua C. on April 14, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    What’s frustrating me is that people keep saying that recreational drone operators can enter controlled airspace…
    LAANC is not air traffic control. That drone is not safe entering any kind of controlled airspace.
    I saw recently that drones are now being offered with ADS-B – I’m sorry, but if your bird is in a position that it needs ADS-B transponders, *IT SHOULD NOT BE IN THAT POSITION.*
    Personally, I’m just going to be safe and try for my Pt 107…

  10. TwilightWolfSpirit on April 14, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    So as a recreational flyer, we are good to post recreational videos to Facebook and non-monetized YouTube channels without penalty?

    Moreso my question is in regards to Facebook firstly and non-monetized YouTube channels secondly.

  11. kinglpb7951 on April 14, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    There is a continued scam concerning registration of drones – receiving stickers and registration for drones

  12. E Stoneback on April 14, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Nothing like government overreach, I can get behind all but 7 and 8. My battery on my 250 drone weights more then point 55 pounds. What happened to the rc hobby. I remember when rc planes with 6 foot wing spans where every where and didn’t have this kind of government hose up your rear regulations.

  13. Sebastian Dietl on April 14, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Luckily I decided to see this suggested video on Youtube. I just registered my drone, and got the TRUST exam certificate. Thank you very much.

  14. Gerald Reed on April 14, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    liked the information …BUT YOU TALK WAY TOO FAST,,..SLOW DOWN,,

  15. Simling rainbow on April 14, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    this is annoying and why most people dont fly drones and the community remains small. i bought a dji fpv drone and i regret it only because the regulation is stupid.

  16. Matt Deese on April 14, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    They can’t enforce this

  17. james becquart on April 14, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    drones need to be registered so when anyone shoots 1 down for invasion of privacy the owner can be charged appropiately. cause i guarantee if 1 gets within shotgun range of my house i will shoot it down.

  18. Wayne Barringer on April 14, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    You do too much rambling. Sorry.

  19. ruell pringle on April 14, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Outstanding information

  20. Frank Morales III on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Question on 400ft limit. What if I am on a levee that is say 400 feet above level ground. Can I take my drone up to 400 feet above the levee?

  21. MrPlaneTalk on April 14, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Today is 4/11/22. Is this video from 2021 still applicable?

  22. Rick Lao on April 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for great informative video. I have question, I am a US citizen who live in abroad I go back to US territory sometimes I don’t fly in US. But I fly my drone outside of US territory most time and post my video on Youtube, do I still need to follow FAA rules like getting part 107 or is it only applies when I’m in US? I know local rules and regulation supersedes FAA anyways. I don’t want surprise when I visit US and FAA waiting for me at the airport.

  23. Chris m on April 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I’m not trying to be disrespectful towards Greg. But wow lol. If A FFA guy comes up to me flying my drone I’m not taking him or all of these rules serious. I get the not flying at or around a airport that is the one thing. Why I’m flying my drone come on. If they came up and asked me that I’d laugh and say I’m looking at these women. All these rules and registration is all about money. Sometimes u just have to break the rules and stand up for freedom. Also who wants to buy a nice expensive drone with long range transmission and not use it, take out of eyesight

  24. John Slugger on April 14, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Now that Mavic drones are being used to great effect to blow up squads
    of Russian soldiers in the Ukraine I am sure we are about ready for the
    next level of regulation to cut in.

  25. Rick on April 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    If the strict rules are linked to actual injuries and deaths caused by drones then cars should be banned. I’m new to the hobby and the rules are simply stupid and made by people without brain cells.

  26. Seth Warner on April 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Im a newby; how do yu know how high your drone is? Im just guessing,if you live in Denver, the rule is 400 feet ABOVE the ground, whatever that is…?

  27. IM-NOT-A-BAD-GUY on April 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    I’ll do what I like thanks

  28. Bugsy bonta on April 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    in Canada or USA

  29. The Laundry Room on April 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Just got a new drone. Registered it, got my Trust certification. I live in class E airspace and understand I can request authorization from the FAA at my neighborhood park. They rubberstamped the approval when I made the request today. However the city I live in prohibits drone flight in city limits. Does the FAA approval supersede the local ordinance?

  30. Eat My Dust on April 14, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Screw congress and their FAA rules. I’ll fly my drone when I want, where I want and how I want period. “Line of sight” make me laugh harder!

    Catch me if you can fuckers!

  31. Larry Lutsky on April 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I wish some ignorant government bureaucrat would explain to me why these rules should apply to my RC aircraft!

  32. UncleDan256 on April 14, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    For 40 years I’ve been flying model gliders into thermos ( Hot rising air). They always go above 400 feet. Is it true with rhese rules this no longer legal ?

  33. Big HUGO on April 14, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Subscribed…Thanks for the info

  34. Neil Lumby on April 14, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    …no mention of liability insurance?

  35. TS RealTexan on April 14, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Congress. All the corrupt idiots that run our country into the ground.

  36. Pollo Frito on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    11:42 Hey! My home town! 🙂

  37. justin smith on April 14, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    The Government is PATHETIC

  38. Lil Legend T on April 14, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Is the registration for those who live in USA only or can also be use to register in Europe

  39. Gerald Reed on April 14, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    liked the information but you talk WAY TO FAST….SLOW DOWN!!

  40. Rob McCuaig on April 14, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks you so much for your extremely informative video. I am Canadian and plan to travel to the US later this year. I would like to bring my drones and capture images. I am fully licensed in Canada; however, I had no idea what the US requirements are for Drone use. I followed your video, registered my 2 drones and passed the TRUST exam this afternoon. I thought I might challenge myself to the Part 107 exam, but it’s an expense that I probably don’t need to incur since I won’t be flying for commercial purposes.

  41. AmericanAndy on April 14, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Very informative video. In my travels i see quite a few local signs restricting drones in state parks and small tourist attractions. Please do a video that clarifies who has the authority to restrict drone use. It is my understanding that only the FAA can regulate where drones can fly. Out of respect for the locals i do not fly if i see a sign that says "no drones". On the other hand, i know very well that if i push the matter, i am within my legal right as a drone operator to fly as long as i follow your 8 bullet points and am aware of any TFR’s in the area.

  42. Steve Brosig on April 14, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    When Presidents change so will all these horse shit rules, and I will continue to fly my Drone on my friends Ranch, like I do now, this is all common sense, if you have none then You don’t need a Drone, land on the runway??? All bureaucratic bullshit

  43. P Mc on April 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    And of course DON’T WEAPONIZE your drone ? but but they do in Ukraine .

  44. John Smith on April 14, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I have recently noticed that some FPV competitions are taking place inside of warehouses, would these be exempt ??

  45. rhadiem on April 14, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I hope you and everyone else sees the conflict of interest in encouraging people to disregard the recreationial exemption and buy your Part 107 training product.

  46. Chad on April 14, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    What happens if you don’t register your drone?

  47. Boyd Runge on April 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Hello from Canada. Liked your video. I have been trying to find info on travelling to the usa with my drone. I have my advanced pilot certificate and flight review here in canada which I believe is the same as part 107 certification. My drone ( dji air 2s ) is registered in canada. I want to make sure I am flying legally in the usa. What are your recommendations for me? Drone footage is for personal use primarily but could roll into commercial. Any advise you can provide would be appreciated. TIA Boyd

  48. Scott Weaver PhotoVideo on April 14, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    You say "You can go miles and miles away". No, you CAN’T go miles and miles away because that is out of line of sight.

  49. kevin lavare on April 14, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Did I forget to mention retardation?

  50. Big John Tech Reviews on April 14, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for the clarification on this matter. Question ❓ doesn’t the drone have a weight limit 249g. I enjoyed the video and subscribed also

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