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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

KNOW THE RULES AND FLY SAFELY

When you fly your drone anywhere in the nation's airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system. Under the law, your drone is an aircraft, and you have the responsibility to operate safely, just as a Cessna or 747 pilot does. Drones are of particular concern around airports, and if flown improperly, can endanger aircraft. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the use of  drones.

IF YOU HAVE A DRONE:

  • All aircraft weighing between .55 pounds (250 grams) and 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms), including payloads such as on-board cameras, must be registered with the FAA. www.faa.gov/uas/registration
  • Drones must be flown below 400 feet above ground level.
  • Drones must be kept in visual line of sight of the operator at all times.
  • Drones must NOT be flown near manned aircraft, especially near airports (within 5 miles).*
  • Drones must NOT be flown over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
  • Drones must NOT be flown near emergency response efforts.

*If you live within 5 miles of The Ohio State University Airport and intend to operate a drone, you MUST contact:

KOSU Air Traffic Control Tower – (614) 326-0130
 
IF YOU SPOT A DRONE NEAR MANNED AIRCRAFT:

  1. Document the time/location of the event;
  2. Take pictures and/or capture video recordings of the activity, if possible;
  3. Attempt to determine the type of activity;
  4. Attempt to determine the location of the operator of the model aircraft;
  5. If possible, obtain UAS FAA registration number located on the model aircraft.
  6. Report sighting to 1-866-TELL-FAA (866-835-5322) and select option 4, or FAA website https://www.faa.gov/contact/safety_hotline/; and
  7. Contact and provide information to Local Law Enforcement.

Please contact The Ohio State University Airport (614) 292-5453 if the reported sighting is within 5 miles of the airports.

For more information about drones:

https://www.faa.gov/uas/

www.knowbeforeyoufly.org