Recreational flying of UAS is prohibited on base

A drone is flown to demonstrate how it is used for official purposes at Wings of Freedom Park, Dec. 15, 2015. With the increase of drones’ popularity in the last few years, laws restricting the use of drones within 5 miles of an airbase have been made but some exceptions are made for official tasks such as checking roofs and showing cleared roadways on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kirby Turbak/Released)

A drone is flown to demonstrate how it is used for official purposes at Wings of Freedom Park, Dec. 15, 2015. With the increase of drones’ popularity in the last few years, laws restricting the use of drones within 5 miles of an airbase have been made but some exceptions are made for official tasks such as checking roofs and showing cleared roadways on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kirby Turbak/Released)

The recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones, have been suspended on Altus until further notice.

Aircraft that fall under the definition of an UAS include, but are not limited to, quadcopter, multicomputer and model airplane.

Previously, recreational flying of these systems were allowed on base within designated areas.

There was one designated flying area on Altus AFB, however, the approval to fly in this areas was rescinded due to a decision made by the Federal Aviation Administration.  

There is currently a Temporary Flight Restriction over Altus AFB, in which prohibits certain aircraft from flying within the area.

The Department of Defense and the FAA are working together to refine the rules to allow the use of recreational UAS within the established TFR.

For more information contact Douglas Winters, Chief Airspace manager at 481-6098.