What is a UAS?

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is an unmanned aircraft* (UA), commonly referred to as a “drone,” with the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications, and navigation equipment necessary to operate.

Currently, the federal and some state governments have established
regulations for UAS operations focusing on the following areas:

Federal Guidance – Safety Regulations
State Guidance – Appropriate Use Regulations

While both entities have major roles in providing guidance and regulation for UAS operations and management, other users, such as airports, law enforcement, and pilots are also important. UAS operators have important responsibilities in the safe and appropriate operation of UAS within the National Airspace System (NAS).

Do you want to fly a UAS or Drone?

The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly.


Read more to find out what type of pilot you are.