US Drone Law
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Frequently Asked Questions
A UAS is a drone and any of the components used to fly the drone (like the controller, camera, etc). The letters UAS actually stand for ‘unmanned aircraft system.” Federal law defines an unmanned aircraft (sometimes simply called an UA) as “an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.” (Public Law 112-95, Section 331(8)).
From a practical perspective, UASs or drones fall into two primary categories: fixed-wing (basically a standard remote controlled or model airplane) and rotor-wing (which could be a helicopter, quadcopter, or hexicopter). A drone/UAS can be controlled through radio controls, Wi-Fi, GPS, and even through a fixed tether.