Drone / UAV Rules & Regulations

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs / Drones) have become very popular for recreational use. Many UAV / Drone owners are new to aviation, so we’ve provided the following information to help prepare you to fly safely and legally.


Please visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/ if you are not a commercial UAV / Drone operator.


Please visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators/ if you ARE or intend to become a commercial UAV / Drone operator.


Per 14 CFR § 101.43 – Endangering the safety of the National Airspace System: “No person may operate model aircraft so as to endanger the safety of the National Airspace System.”



Before You Fly:

Call the Springerville Municipal Airport at 928-333-5746 and provide the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your phone number
  3. UAV Registration Number
  4. The location of operation / flight
  5. The start date and time and duration of operation / flight
  6. Type and model of aircraft
  7. Maximum altitude of operation

Things to Know:

~ All UAVs / Drones / Model Aircraft must be registered with the FAA if they weigh over 0.55 pounds. https://faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/

~ All UAVs / Drones / Model Aircraft must be flown at least 5 miles away from any airport unless prior notification has been given to airport staff.

~ Always keep your aircraft in sight.

~ See and avoid all other aircraft. NEVER fly near manned aircraft.

~ Keep your aircraft below 400 feet.

~ Never fly near airports, stadiums, public buildings, emergency response efforts or large groups of people.


Printable Drone Policy