“Can hobby drones be allowed to fly near military airports?”
August 12, 2019 No Comments Drone Laws,FAA,LAANC Admin


“Military airports are not included in LAANC. Can a hobby drone operator still receive permission to fly in military airport airspace now that they are not allowed to request permission by calling the tower at the military airport?”

Answer from the FAA/UAS office:

“DoD facilities, and joint use civilian-DoD facilities, are not participating in LAANC at this time. Any Part §107 operator wanting to fly in non-LAANC-enabled airspace must apply for an airspace authorization through DroneZone.

At present, operators flying under the limited exception may not fly in non-LAANC-enable airspace. Section §349 of Public Law 115-254 is the limited statutory exception for recreation. Ideally, the FAA would like for all airports to be LAANC-enabled. The fact is, national security concerns override the convenience of UAS operators.”

However, public and commercial (§107) operators may request permission through the Drone Zone web site (FAADroneZone.FAA.gov

Similar question from the FAA Webinar (8/13/19):

Question: If there is no active LANNC for an airport with D airspace and I am a recreational flyer wishing to fly in this airspace, what are the instructions to get authorization to fly in this area?

Answer: Non-LAANC airspace authorizations are processed through our DroneZone web portal: FAAdronezone.faa.gov Once you create an account and register your drone, you will be able to request an airspace authorization in the Class D airspace which is not yet active in LAANC. Currently, recreational flyers (Section 44809) cannot use DroneZone. Therefore, if you’re flying as a recreational flyer you might not be able to access the non-LAANC airspace unless there exists an FAA approved fixed recreational flying site.

About The Author
Admin Tim Trott is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified instructor (#329775) and has passed the FAA exam for Fundamentals of Instruction. In addition, he holds a Section 333 Exemption (#11636) and is a member of Flight Instructors of North America (FSANA) as well as AUVSI, AMA, AOPA, ALEA, and EAA and is also a student pilot.