Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or “drones”, have become a popular tool in many different arenas, from aerial photography to functioning as reconnaissance aircraft in disaster areas. The Federal Aviation Administration requires individuals that operate a drone to register their unmanned aircraft, and to notify the airport operator if flying within five miles of an airport. It is important to understand that once a drone leaves the ground, it’s entering airspace often occupied by other aircraft, and there are several rules that must be followed for the safety of all. There are several resources available to you, the drone operator, but we offer a few links below to help get you started
UAS/drone operators flying near an airport must pay special attention to the fact that their machines could pose a safety threat to nearby manned aircraft. When you fly a drone, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules. If you are unsure of your proximity to Manhattan Regional Airport airspace download the AIRMAP app.