Biggest UAV/Drone that an enthusiast can fly

What’s the largest UAV or drone that a hobbyist could operate? Could you fly something like an MQ-9 without a license, disregarding its military classification?


For hobbyists, the FAA typically allows the operation of drones weighing up to 55 pounds (approximately 25 kilograms) without the need for a license, as long as they adhere to certain guidelines, such as flying below a certain altitude and maintaining visual line of sight.


However, larger drones, such as military-grade UAVs like the MQ-9 Reaper, would likely exceed these weight limits and require special authorization for operation, even for hobbyist purposes.

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Always consult local aviation authorities for the most up-to-date information and guidance on drone operation in your area.