Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Aeronautics and Aviation

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Drones

Drones are aircraft

This is an image of drone on the Arcola Bridge.

All aircraft are subject to federal and state regulations

Technical literature may call drones: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Autonomous Aircraft, or Model Aircraft. Regardless of what it is called, the key features are that the device is capable of controlled flight, and does not have a pilot onboard.

Aircraft registration

MnDOT is the state-level regulator for aircraft in Minnesota.

MnDOT Aeronautics has prepared specific pages with information based on how you, your company, or your government agency operates or interacts with drones.

What are your intentions with a drone?

Drone videos

Drones in Minnesota (Out of the Box)

Drones and Airspace (Know Your Place)

Using Drones to Inspect Bridges

Drone Pilot Profile: Katie Gilmore (Born to Fly)

Using Drones for Storytelling

Innovative Uses of Drones (Inspecting Trees)