Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport

Fly Your Drone Responsibly

Sky Harbor at Night

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.

All drone operators (including amateur/hobbyist) must notify the airport if they plan to operate a drone near any towered airport.

Use this easy online form to make notifications in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Here are some key tips to fly safely:

  • Drones are prohibited in Class B Airspace, in fact, these areas are designated No Drone Zones
  • Drones cannot be operated within a 5 mile radius of any towered airport without notifying the airport and the control tower.
  • 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
  • If you see a drone safety issue, call your local law enforcement
  • More drone safety tips

See an informational video with more tips to fly your drone safely.

Visit the UAS Hub, which provides valuable information on operating procedures, training and more.

Download the FAA's B4UFlySmartphone App

Press release - 
Flying Your Drone Responsibly

For additional information on flying your drone within 5 miles of Sky Harbor, contact Rex MacLean at rex.maclean@faa.gov or (425) 203-4564 or Jeremy Grogan at jeremy.grogan@faa.gov or (480) 419-0330 x 246.