sUAS Regulations “Cheat Sheet”

Remote-PIC responsibility Everything relating to the sUAS and its operation.
Considered small UA Weighing under 55 lbs
The requirement for the sUAS to be in a condition for safe operation. Always
Remote-pilot certificate currency Must have passed initial or recurrent test/course with last 24 months
Registration requirements for sUAS. Any aircraft over 0.55 lbs
UAS registration validity 36 months
Reporting Address change Within 30 days
Reporting accidents Serious injury, loss of consciousness or damage over $500, must report within 10 days
Regulatory deviation and reporting requirements for in-flight emergencies. Deviations are allowed to respond to an emergency.
Report requested by FAA
Medical condition(s) that would interfere with safe operation of an sUAS. Any impairment of physical or mental abilities
Allowing a person other than the remote PIC to manipulate the flight controls. Yes, if the RPIC is in a position to take over the controls
Hazardous operations. Never
Careless or reckless Never
Operating from a moving aircraft or moving land- or water-borne vehicle. Moving Aircraft – NEVER
Land or water-borne – Allowed if sUA is over sparsely populated area
Alcohol or drugs and the provisions on prohibition of use. No alcohol 8 hours before flight for all crew
No >0.04 BAC
No effects of alcohol (i.e hangover)
Daylight operation. Sunrise to sunset
With anti-collision lights, civil twilight operations allowed (30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset)
Visual line of sight (VLOS) aircraft operations. sUA must be in sight of RPIC+person at controls or VO
The requirements when a visual observer is used. Optional
The prohibition of operating multiple sUAS. One sUA per RPIC
The prohibition of carrying hazardous material. Never
Staying safely away from other aircraft and right-of-way rules. Manned aircraft always have right of way
Operations over people. Never, unless in building or stationary vehicle
Flight in controlled airspace (Classes A, B, C, D, E) Requires ATC permission (Except Class E without an airport)
Flight in uncontrolled airspace (Class G) No ATC permission required
Operating in prohibited areas. Never
Operating in restricted areas. With permission only
Flight restrictions in the proximity of certain areas designated by notice to airmen (NOTAM). Usually no, with permission only
Maximum groundspeed 100 mph  (87 kts)
Altitude limitations 400 feet from ground or structure
Cloud clearance requirements 500 feet below, 2000 ft horizontally from clouds
Minimum visibility 3 Statute miles
Is transportation of property permitted? Yes if flight is:
Conducted within VLOS,
Not conducted from any moving vehicle,
Not considered interstate air transportation.

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