Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations
Anyone flying a UAS (model aircraft or drone) is responsible for flying within FAA guidelines and regulations. That means it is up to you as a drone pilot to know the Rules of the Sky, and where it is and is not safe to fly. Visit FAA UAS Website for more information.
Drone operators should avoid flying near airports because it is difficult for manned aircraft to see and avoid a drone while flying. Remember that drone operators must avoid manned aircraft and are responsible for any safety hazards their drone creates in an airport environment.
For flight near airports in controlled airspace, drone operators must receive an airspace authorization prior to operation. Airspace authorizations come with altitude limitations and may include other operational provisions. Controlled airspace and other flying restrictions can be found on the FAA B4UFLY app.
Automated Authorizations Through LANCC
Part 107 remote pilots and recreational flyers can get an airspace authorization for altitudes below the posted UAS Facility Map grid altitudes automatically from a LAANC service supplier.
Authorizations Through DroneZone
You should use the DroneZone to request an airspace authorization if any of the following apply:
- You want to fly in areas that are in controlled airspace and are not serviced by LAANC (the red grids on the UAS Facility Maps)
- You are flying under Part 107 and want to fly in a “zero” grid area or above a UAS Facility Map grid value
- You have a waiver under Part 107 and want to fly in controlled airspace using the waiver