KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY: Flying Drones In Flagstaff

  • Posted on: 24 January 2018
  • By: ffadmin

Flying a drone for fun? Getting into RC planes and flying at the park? Have you read about drones operating unsafely during forest fire incidents?
The Flagstaff Flyers RC Club invites you to understand the ins and outs of how to be safe and legal as you have a blast flying your drones. Whether you are flying loops at the park or taking stunning video of our beautiful landscapes, become informed on how to easily navigate registration requirements and flight rules.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what you need to do in terms of registration, where you can and cannot fly and safety best practices.
Note: The following is informational only . Areas and rules are subject to change. Always check the B4UFly app for current information. KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY: Flying hobby drones in Flagstaff Handout.

Follow the AMA Safety Code!
Use common sense (treetop heights, avoid Low Altitude Aircraft areas), preflight equipment, don’t fly over people, line of sight, avoid other aircraft, no drugs or alcohol

Register with the FAA and the AMA:
FAA: FAADroneZone if you fly drones between 0.55-50 lbs. Good for 3 years and for all your drones.
AMA: Academy of Model Aeronautics to join AMA. Free for children and young adults under the age of 19.
Be sure to mark your drones with your FAA number and AMA information.

No Fly Zones:
Understand where the No Fly Zones are such as Designated Wilderness Areas, military installations, National Parks, National Monuments, TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions such as for wildfires or VIP aircraft)

When notifying airports/heliports, identify yourself as a hobby flyer. Be nice, safety is everyone’s top priority. They will want to know your location, altitude, type of drone, and time of flight(s). Tip: You can discuss future flights too, e.g. flying at a park on an ongoing basis.

Go Fly:
The Flagstaff Flyers Hebestreit Field (requires membership in the Flagstaff Flyers RC club).
Other locations, after notification, in an airport/heliport notify zone(s).
Other areas outside Notify Zones and No Fly Zones.

B4Ufly an FAA app with airport, airspace and temporary flight restriction information.
AIRMAP is another app with more detail than B4Ufly, you can electronically notify an expanding list of airports.
Know Before You Fly– great first stop for general information.
Academy of Model Aeronautics World's largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 195,000 from every walk of life, income level and age group.
AMA Safety Handbook A compilation of AMA documents and programs as they pertain to safe model operation.