At Apex Unmanned, we understand the importance of safety involving airspace regulation. The risks of accidents and collision can be mitigated with responsible flying. Please visit for updates on regulatory changes. 

What is Part 107?

FAA 14 CFR Part 107 outlines civil UAS rules, which became effective August 29, 2016. Part 107 meets many civil organizational needs for Unmanned Aircraft, and certain public organizations can fly under these rules.

Part 107 includes the option to apply for a certificate of waiver, which allows for a small UAS operation to deviate from certain operating rules if the FAA finds that the proposed operation can be performed safely.

Here is a list of sections that can be waived:

  • Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft (§ 107.25)*

  • Daylight operation (§ 107.29)

  • Visual line of sight aircraft operation (§ 107.31)*

  • Visual observer (§ 107.33)

  • Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems (§ 107.35)

  • Yielding the right of way (§ 107.37(a))

  • Operation over people (§ 107.39)

  • Operation in certain airspace (§ 107.41)

  • Operating limitations for small unmanned aircraft (§ 107.51)

      *No waiver of this provision will be issued to allow the carriage of property of another by aircraft for compensation or hire.

       Processing time depends on the complexity of the request; however the FAA strives to respond within 90 days.


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What is a COA?

An approved FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) is required for certain Public Service UA usage. It defines specific parameters for your unmanned program, and allows legal operation. Different rules apply depending on the weight of the aircraft. Some organizations such as Police and First Responders choose to operate under a COA.

What other regulatory considerations apply to UAS operations?

Navigating the rules and regulations affecting drone operations can be quite challenging. Federal, state, and local governance is continually changing. Addressing the intricacies of local ordinances, privacy concerns, environmental impacts, and occupational hazards can be time consuming and costly. 

How can we help?

Apex Unmanned has written aviation policy for over 20 years with reference to hundreds of regulations. We apply the applicable federal regulations, then merge state and local considerations to your specific operation. Apex Unmanned also examines relevant environmental (EPA) or occupational safety (OSHA) codes and expectations in relation to your specific drone usage application.

Go "Beyond the Basics" with the FAA!  We can help your organization get the appropriate waiver/COA to efficiently operate your aircraft!


Unmanned aircraft have become staples at neighborhood barbecues and skate parks for a good reason. They are fun to fly!  Like cars on the road, eventually there are enough vehicles in the air that some traffic guidelines had to be released.  A few of the Hobbyist rules:


  • Do not fly for payment or commercial purpose.

  • Register any unmanned aircraft over 0.55 pounds (0.25 kg).

  • Fly no higher than 400 feet.

  • Stay well clear of any manned aircraft.  They have the right of way and you should not be close enough to interfere with their path or distract the pilot.

  • Keep your aircraft in sight at all times.

  • Do not fly over people and property that could be damaged if your equipment fails or another incident occurs.

  • Do not fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Do not fly near infrastructure.

  • Obey all local, state and federal laws.

  • Do not take video or pictures of people without the individual’s permission.

  • **For a complete list of rules, please visit


Most importantly, have fun and fly safe. Apex Unmanned recommends using the FAA's B4UFly application to help identify where it is safe to fly. When you are ready to turn this hobby into a fun and exciting career, contact us. We are happy to help.