Drones & sUAS

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), and “Drones”

The FAA has been working with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) to establish a safe protocol for the operation of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), or more commonly called “drones”, in the National Airspace. Minden-Tahoe Airport management understands that drone operators, just like in manned aviation, desire a safe operating environment.

 

There are two ways to fly your drone. You can fly for recreational purposes or as a commercial drone operator. In either case, safety is paramount and should be considered above all else. Below will provide some information regarding both recreation and commercial operations. If you have any questions or unsure about which set of rules your flight will fall under, please contact the Reno FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) at (775) 858-7700 and they will be more than happy to assist you. 

 

RECREATIONAL FLYERS:
You are considered a recreational user if you fly your drone for fun and not receiving any compensation.

Ensure your done is registered with the FAA and appropriately marked and carry proof of registration with you.
Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
Do NOT fly in controlled airspace (around and above many airports). The Minden-Tahoe Airport asks that you contact us if flying within three miles of the airport.

DO NOT FLY within 2 miles of the airport as this is where aircraft are in the pattern for landing and takeoff, and low flying aircraft are likely.

Keep your drone within your line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located and in direct communication with you.
Do NOT fly in airspace where flight is prohibited. Airspace restrictions and flight restrictions can be found using the FAA’s B4UFLY Mobile App available on both Android and IOS. Drone operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with all airspace restrictions.
Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery effort
Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

*** New federal law will require future recreational drone flyers to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage. More information on Section 349 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 can be found on Federal Register

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL DRONE FLYERS:
If you have a small drone that is less than 55 pounds, you can fly for work or business by following the FAA Part 107 guidelines:

Become an FAA Certified Drone pilot. This is accomplished by passing a knowledge test. For more information about becoming a licensed drone operator click here.
Ensure your done is registered with the FAA and appropriately marked and carry proof of registration with you.
Follow all rules and regulation outlined in Part 107. To review a summary of Part 107 rules and regulations click here.
The Minden-Tahoe Airport asks that you contact us if flying within three miles of the airport.

DO NOT FLY within 2 miles of the airport as this is where aircraft are in the pattern for landing and takeoff, and low flying aircraft are likely.

 

 

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL RESOURCES:

Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aerial Systems

Federal Aviation Administration’s Advisory Circular on Model Aircraft

AUVSI’s and AMA’s Know Before You Fly webpage (VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION)

AUVSI’s and AMA’s Know Before You Fly brochure

AUVSI’s and AMA’s Airspace Map showing restricted and warning airspace.