To better understand FAA regulatory compliance, this page was created to give you, the eQual Certified user the official drone regulations, documentations, and important links required/needed for compliance. This is not an exhaustive list but we did not spare any effort to stay as current and accurate as possible.
Please note that all references to the CFRs are hyperlinked to either the Government Printing Office Web site or other sites that will have the appropriate PDF/URL for your use/download; all references to Advisory Circular (AC) 107-2 (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS)) are hyperlinked to the FAA Web site. If a hyperlink does not work, go to http://www.faa.gov and perform a search.
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Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov
Referenced Documents and Materials
The following are hyperlinks to documents and materials referenced in eQual Certified manuals or required reading/compliance by the FAA/NTSB.
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: Title 14:
FAA Airworthiness Directives (ADs) – (Helps you identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product). ADs are legally enforceable regulations issued by the FAA in accordance with 14 CFR part 39 to correct an unsafe condition in a product. Part 39 defines a product as an aircraft, engine, propeller, or appliance. This is a database that provides you with all ADs issued by the FAA, which are still in effect. You can quickly view recently published data in this database. ADs can be searched by any word or group of words; or viewed by Number or Make. It is also possible to view historical AD information to see old or cancelled ADs. These can be used to see if your particular aircraft has items that need to be researched pertaining to maintenance of your aircraft to ensure any directives have been issued.
Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).
Information on how to obtain NOTAMs can be found at https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/.
The following listed reference materials contain additional information necessary to ensure safe operations in the NAS. A drone operator/company may want to consider seeking out additional publications to add to the lists below.
In addition to the above you may want to also read, or become familiar with the following FAA Advisory Circulars (ACs), Notices, and orders (current editions). You can also find the current editions of the following publications on the FAA Web sites:
AC 00-45, Aviation Weather Services (Make sure you download the latest change also).
Caution!!!!!! This is large manual and good for putting you to sleep as you read it—your main section will be Volume 16 and there are 5 chapters in this section that pertains to drones (UAS/UAV/RSPAS). OF PARTICULAR NOTE IS CHAPTER 5, SECTION 2 – as it pertains to the FAA making a site visit to your operation to see how you do business. They will (NORMALLY) contact you that they are making a site visit and you must be ready at all times for these visits. This section will tell you what the FAA will be looking for/at.
Further FAA Sources
Additional FAA Online/Mobile Sources can be found at the following web sites:
Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM): FAA gov/air traffic publications . This book is often bought as an annual publication and can be bought from numerous sources in both hard copy as well as electronic for smart phones/pads/computers: (AOPA, ASA). A free on line AIM is at: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/
Aeronautical Charts (Hardcopy): http://faacharts.faa.gov/ and a price list is at: http://aeronav.faa.gov/content/aeronav/pricelists/PriceListAeroNavAeroOct2012.pdf
Aeronautical Charts (Digital): https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/digital_products/vfr/. You can download VFR charts at no cost but the file is extremely large.
FAA Handbooks, Manuals, and Other Publications. You can find the following handbooks, manuals, and other publications on the FAA Web site at https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/. Many if, not most, are free!
FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification
- Standards: https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/uas_acs.pdf.
- General Aviation Pilot’s Guide to Preflight Weather Planning, Weather Self-Briefings, and Weather Decision Making: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/gslac/courses/content/25/185/GA%20Weather%20Decision-Making%20Dec05.pdf
- Pilot/Controller Glossary: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/media/pcg.pdf.
- Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical -Knowledge: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/phak/
- Risk Management Handbook: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/faa-h-8083-2.pdf
- Drone Registration Web site: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/
- Drone Web site: https://www.faa.gov/drone/.
Global and State Regulations About Drones
- Global drone regulation web site: https://droneregulations.info/
- Before you travel internationally with a drone make sure you check this web site as many drones have been taken at arrival into the foreign country.
FAA Web Site on State Laws
The following site is published each year in Nov/Dec and is a state by state (alphabetical) list of up to date state laws. It is at: https://dronelawtoday.com/book/
NATE National Association of Tower Erectors Documentation
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) […] officially released the 2nd Edition of the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure resource document.
The 2nd Edition of the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure document is available to the industry as a free resource and accessible to be downloaded on NATE’s website HERE.
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