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May 16, 2019

Recreational UAS (Drone) Operations

As of May 16, 2019, recreational UAS pilots are now prohibited from operating within controlled airspace.  Those flying drones for recreation may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certifications or preauthorization. 

The previous procedure was to notify the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower prior to flying within five miles of an airport.  Under the new guidelines, air traffic control facilities will no longer review or accept requests to operate recreational drones in controlled airspace on a case-by-case basis.  The FAA is granting temporary airspace authorizations to fly in certain "fixed sites" in controlled airspace throughout the country, but there are currently none within 5-miles of Max Westheimer Airport.

The FAA will help recreational flyers learn and understand the changes by posting updates and additional guidance on the FAA website.

Please keep our skies safe by following all FAA Guidelines.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact our office at 405-325-7233 or email us at

May 16, 2019
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