Flying Near Airports

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 hazard their drone creates in an airport environment.

Airports in Controlled Airspace

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 our B4UFLY app.

Automated Authorizations Through LAANC

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 FAADroneZone

You should use the FAADroneZone 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 have a waiver under Part 107 and want to fly in controlled airspace using the waiver

Flight at Fixed Sites

Some recreational flyer fixed sites have written agreements with the FAA that authorize flight in controlled airspace at certain altitudes. Many of these agreements include additional operational provisions. Contact the fixed site operator to learn more about the requirements for that location.

Public Aircraft Operations

If you are a public entity (law enforcement or government agency), the FAA may issue you special permission to fly in a designated location near an airport. Learn more about the requirements for law enforcement and government drone operations.

Airports in Uncontrolled Airspace

For flights near airports in uncontrolled airspace that remain under 400’ above the ground, prior authorization is not required. When flying in these areas, remote pilots and recreational flyers must be aware of and avoid traffic patterns and takeoff and landing areas. A drone must not interfere with operations at the airport must yield right-of-way to all other aircraft. Uncontrolled airspace and other flying restrictions can be found on our B4UFLY app.

Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2024