Drone Operations

Whether you're a new drone pilot or have years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help you fly safely in the national airspace. To get started, be sure to visit the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Getting Started with Drone Operations link below.

Hobby and Recreational Drone Safety Tips:

  • Register your drone, mark it on the outside with the registration number, and carry proof of registration with you.
  • Fly only for recreational purposes.
  • Follow the safety guidelines of a community based organization.
  • Fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled or "Class G" airspace. 
  • Do NOT fly in controlled airspace (Buchanan Field is controlled Class D airspace) unless:
    1. You receive an airspace authorization for operations in controlled airspace through before you fly with the FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). 
    2. You are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has a written agreement with the FAA.
  • Do NOT fly in airspace where flight is prohibited. Airspace restrictions can be found the UAS Airspace Interactive Map link below. Drone operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with all airspace restrictions.
  • Keep your drone within your line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located and in direct communication with you. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
  • Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
  • Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
  • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airport Notification Form

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