Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Drones

UAS: Know Your Responsibilities

Drones and hobby aircraft are examples of unmanned aircraft systems(UAS) as defined under federal aviation regulations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the use of these aircraft, just as it does manned aircraft, in order to manage the national air space. To register your UAS and to learn more about your responsibilities as a drone operator, visit the FAA's website.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation requires commercial UAS' to be registered with its Office of Aeronautics. Learn more about your responsibilities to the state on the department's website.

All drone operators are required to request access to controlled airspace via the FAA’s LAANC system.  For more information about whether you are in controlled airspace and how to request access, please reference FAA's website

Good-to-Know Information

Commercial drones are unmanned aircraft systems flown for reasons other than hobby or recreational purposes. Commercial drones must be operated by an FAA certificated pilot. Information about this can be found on FAA’s website.

All drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, and all commercial drones, must be registered with the FAA. The registration number issued by the FAA must appear in a readily visible area of the aircraft, and the operator must carry a certificate of aircraft registration and make it available to law enforcement upon request.

The FAA has authority to take legal action against anyone operating aircraft in a way that endangers people or property on the ground or in the national air space.

Regulations differ for model aircraft and drones. However, regardless of the type of UAS, operators must operate safely and abide by all applicable laws.

Use on MAC Property

No drones may be operated on Metropolitan Airports Commission property without prior approval from the FAA and the Commission.


To file a complaint regarding drone operations, please contact law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the operation is occurring.