Drone pilots operating near towered and nontowered airports can get help deciphering FAA guidance and learn more about best practices from a new AOPA fact sheet.

“We get calls every week from drone pilots who want help unraveling FAA requirements for their operations,” said Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and air traffic. “The fact sheet is a straightforward, easy-to-use reference that we hope will raise awareness of how to safely conduct unmanned aircraft operations, especially in airspace that’s also used by manned aircraft.”

The fact sheet is designed specifically for hobbyists, and covers topics that include how to get in touch with airport management about planned drone operations, what information to provide, and how to determine whether a planned flight is legal.

We’ll never know if this something AOPA asked the FAA to do, or something they saw the need for and did on their own. Either way, it’s a win.
I am always amazed at the stories I hear from people who have called a local tower to get permission to fly, and how casually that whole exchange is handled. There is some specific information here about what the tower needs to know.



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