Drone Flight Notification

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones are increasingly available. Many hobbyists may have questions on where they can be flown. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in partnership with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition has launched the Know Before You Fly campaign to promote responsible operation of drones.

FAA regulations require all drone operators (including amateur/hobbyist) to notify the airport if they plan to operate a drone within a 5 nautical mile radius around the Los Alamos Airport.

Use this easy online form to notify the Los Alamos Airport of your intention to fly a drone within 5 miles of the airport. Completing this form does not imply that the County or the Airport has approved of, or given permission for, your intended drone flight. The form is provided for your convenience in meeting the FAA notification requirements only.

Here are some key tips to fly safely:

  • Drones cannot be operated within a 5 mile radius of any airport without notifying the airport.
  • Fly your drone under 400 feet and not near stadiums, airports, public buildings and large groups of people.
  • Never fly your drone near a manned aircraft.
  • Always fly your drone within your direct line of sight.
  • Never fly your drone near emergency response efforts, such as fires.
  • If you see a drone safety issue, call your local law enforcement agency.
  • The FAA Requires Unmanned Aircraft to be registered with the FAA.

If you need additional information on flying your drone within 5 miles of Los Alamos Airport, contact the Public Works Department at 505-662-8150.