Official Drone Regulations Documentation & Important Links

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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 and perform a search.

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Also, please note that we are not responsible for the content, the availability, nor accuracy thereof on the external web sites and documents indicated on this page.

Government Websites

Federal Aviation Administration:

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:

Title 14 CFR Part 1, Definitions and Abbreviations.

Title 14 CFR Part 48, Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft.

Title 14 CFR Part 71, Designation of Class A, B, C, D, and E Airspace Areas; Air Traffic Service Routes; and Reporting Points.

Title 14 CFR Part 73, Special Use Airspace.

Title 14 CFR Part 91, General Operating and Flight Rules.

Title 14 CFR Part 93, Special Air Traffic Rules.

Title 14 CFR Part 101, Moored Balloons, Kites, Amateur Rockets and Unmanned Free Balloons. Title 14 CFR Part 107, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Title 47 CFR Part 87, Aviation Services.

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

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 00-6B, Aviation Weather.

AC 00-45, Aviation Weather Services (Make sure you download the latest change also).

AC 60-28, FAA English Language Skill Standards Required by 14 CFR Parts 61, 63, and 65.

AC 120-51E, on CRM – Crew Resource Management

AC 120-92, Safety Management Systems for Aviation Service Providers.

FAA Order JO 7110.10, Flight Services

FAA Order JO 7110.65, Air Traffic Control.

FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration.

FAA Order JO 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC) FAA Order 8110.103B.

FAA Order 8130.34, Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optionally Piloted Aircraft.

FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management Systems (FSIMS).

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: (AOPAASA). A free on line AIM is at:

Aeronautical Charts (Hardcopy): and a price list is at:

Aeronautical Charts (Digital): You can download VFR charts at no cost but the file is extremely large.

B4UFLY mobile app. Can be downloaded from the Apple App store for IOS or the Google Play Store for Android.

FAA Handbooks, Manuals, and Other Publications. You can find the following handbooks, manuals, and other publications on the FAA Web site at Many if, not most, are free!

FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airman Certification

Global and State Regulations About Drones

  • Global drone regulation web site:
  • 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

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:

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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