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Flying Drone at Sunset

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on a final rule regarding registration and marking of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as a result of the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before flying your drone, check all available safety rules. Visit the FAA's Know Before You Fly or Unmanned Aircraft Systems web pages for more information.

The FAA released its final rule for small unmanned aircraft on June 21, 2016. The rule became effective on August 29, 2016. It provides specific safety regulations for non-recreational use of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds. UAS users who want to fly for commercial or business purposes must follow these regulations.For information, visit the business or government entities pages of the Know Before You Fly website.

UAS Operating Rules    

Preparing Drone for Flight

Drones cannot be operated within a five-mile radius of Falcon Field Airport without prior notification of the air traffic control tower (call 480-981-1367) and Falcon Field Airport administration (call 480-644-2450). A 24-hour advance notification is appreciated. For help with radius distance, the FAA's B4UFLY smart phone application is available for free download from the App Store for iOS or Google Play store for Android.

Falcon Field Airport is served by an air traffic control tower operated by professional FAA staff. Todd Brautigam is the Air Traffic Manager. The tower generally operates 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Summer hours may adjust slightly.

When providing advance notification of a drone flight, the following information is typically requested:

  • Your full name                                                                              Drone Screen Propeller & Remote

  • Your telephone number

  • UAS registration number 

  • Description of UAS

  • Location of operation

  • Date and time of operation

  • Maximum altitude of operation

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