Important Information for Drone Operators

Recreational and Commercial Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) operators are required by federal law to give notice for flights within five (5) miles of an airport to both the Airport Operator and Air Traffic Control tower.

Recreational operations are not permitted in Class B airspace around most major airports without specific air traffic permission and coordination.

After you have obtained proper registration and a certificate of authorization from the FAA, to the extent you are operating within five nautical miles of an airport, you are required to coordinate with the airport.

Please consult the FAA's website to understand your responsibilities. Failure to comply can subject the operator to prosecution.


Important Rules

  • Recreational operators are required to give notice for flights within five miles of an airport to both the airport operator and Air Traffic Control Tower. Get more information.
  • For civil operations, including commercial use, look for more information. Note that CHA is Class C Airspace.


Community-based guidelines require recreational operators to give notice for flights within 5 statute miles of an airport. Notice must be given to the airport operator or air traffic control tower, if the airport has a tower. Tap or click on an airspace area to see the airport operator phone number.



It is illegal to fly your UAS in or around a wildfire firefighting operation.


The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only and it is subject to change without notice.



This layer indicates a 5-mile radius around designated heliports. These heliports may not be active, and in some instances may be an empty field where helicopters can land in emergencies. The layer adds a lot of detail in cities, where many buildings have heliports. This is included as an advisory area to help alert UAS operators that they should be particularly alert to helicopter traffic in the area.