The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued guidance on how to become an FAA-recognized community-based organization for recreational drone flying.
Under federal law, recreational drone flyers must follow the safety guidelines of a FAA-recognized community-based organization. The organization is required to develop its safety guidelines in coordination with the FAA and an applicant may wish to tailor them to a particular type of unmanned aviation.
The FAA’s guidance, Advisory Circular 91-57C provides a comprehensive list of recommended safety guidelines that applicants may consider using in their application. Organizations that meet the legal definition of a community-based organization may apply for FAA recognition through the FAA’s DroneZone website.
The updated guidance also provides information on applying for recreational flying fixed sites, hosting sponsored events and educational use requirements.