Airport Operations

Airport Operational Impact

     Airport operations are a complex and challenging environment for a licensed UAS pilot. There are a number of factors that must be considered in order to safely operate a drone near an airport, including:

Airspace restrictions: Airports are typically located in controlled airspace, which means that there are specific rules and regulations that must be followed when operating a drone in the area.


     Traffic density: Airports are busy places, with a lot of air traffic coming and going. This can make it difficult to see and avoid other aircraft, especially if your drone is small and difficult to see.


     Visual line of sight: In order to fly a drone safely, you must be able to see it at all times. This can be difficult to do near an airport, where there are tall buildings and other obstacles that can block your view.


     Communication: It is important to be able to communicate with air traffic control (ATC) if you are flying a drone near an airport. ATC can provide you with information about the airspace and help you to avoid other aircraft.


     Authorizations: Licensed UAS pilots who operate near airports must be aware of all of these factors and take steps to mitigate the risks. This includes obtaining the necessary airspace authorizations, flying in accordance with the FAA's regulations, and maintaining visual line of sight with the drone at all times.