Check out this the over-view article by Stephen Pulley about the current state of the law with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – or “drones”).
As of 2016, the law has tightened, particularly with respect to recreational use of drones. Anything over 1/2 pound (.55 pounds, or 250 grams) must be registered with the FAA for outdoor use (if you are into remote control devices, you will know that anything under 1/2 pound doesn’t fly well in the great outdoors, so doesn’t pose much of an airspace threat).
There are a lot of recreational and commercial applications to drone use, but as an Agriculture Attorney, I’m mostly interested in the use of drones in farming. I’m getting more inquiries from clients about drones, so I wanted a quick and handy resource (that includes helpful links).
Seven Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones, by Stephen Palley.
More resources on UAS: