If you’re just planning to fly your drone / UAV recreationally, then no you don’t need a pilot’s license or other certifications. A Part 107, the Section 333 exemption or any other kind of UAV certification are only required for commercial operation of your drone / UAV. You’ll just need to abide by standard safety guidelines as regulated per the FAA.
A few of those guidelines include:
Flying daylight hours only
Flying under 400 feet
Flying via line-of-sight only
Not flying in National Parks
Not flying directly over people
Not flying within airport limits
Effective December 21, 2015, if you’re flying a drone that weighs over .55 lbs / 250g, you must register it with the FAA before you fly it outdoors! Even if you are just flying for recreation your drone / UAV must be registered with the FAA. There is a $5.00 registration fee per drone / UAV. Click here for more FAA information and use this button to register your drone with the FAA.
Register My Drone with the FAA
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