The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires UAS owners using the aircraft for hobby or recreation to register the UAS through www.faa.gov/uas/registration. Different requirements exist for operation of civil or public UAS & may be viewed at www.faa.gov/uas/.

UAS near Manned Aircraft & FBOs

Knowbeforeyoufly.org educates pilots/operators about safe & responsible operation of UAS. All UAS operators are required to contact an airport and/or the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) if they are operating within 5 miles of an airport.

To determine if an UAS will be flown within five (5) miles of an airport or heliport, go to http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/air-space-map/. Please contact the Lakeland Noble F. Lee Memorial Airport via the airport FBO office at 715-356-3891 or email info@lakelandfbo.com.

Also, an FAA mobile app called B4UFLY may be downloaded at https://www.faa.gov/uas/b4ufly/ to determine an operator's location & indicate if the UAS is in the radius of any airport facility that must be contacted.

Safety guidelines for recreational/hobbyist UAS operators include:

  • Fly below 400 feet & remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of & do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Do not fly near people or stadiums
  • Do not fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55lbs
  • Do not be careless or reckless with unmanned aircraft - can be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Additional Information

New Regulations on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems 6/21/16 Guidance in the areas of airman (remote pilot) certification, aircraft registration and marking, aircraft airworthiness, and the operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). https://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/advisory_circular/ac_107-2.pdf
Remote Pilot - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Airman Certification Standards https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/media/uas_acs.pdf