What are the guidelines for flying a drone in Galveston?

As federal regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, are still evolving, it’s critical to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Scholes International Airport advises commercial and recreational UAS operators to always check the Federal Aviation Administration UAS web page for any new updates regarding UAS policies and procedures.

The Scholes International Airport participates in the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. LAANC was set up to increase access for drone pilots who want to fly into controlled airspace near an airport.

Drone pilots planning to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace near airports must receive an airspace authorization through a LAANC Service Supplier before they fly. You no longer contact the local Air Traffic Control Tower for this authorization.

The LAANC capability is available to pilots operating under the Small UAS Rule Part 107, or under the exception for Recreational Flyers. You can find a list of approved LAANC Service Suppliers here.

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