A drone flown by Tech. Sgt. Floyd Adams, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle avionics team leader, glides across a field Jan. 16, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The Remote Control Cars Club met at Kimbro Park to practice their drone-flying and controlling their RC cars. (U.S. Air Force photo
by Airman 1st Class Ashley Williamson)
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Following policies
to use unmanned aircraft systems diminish the risk of
potential collision between manned aircraft and UAS
operating in the same areas.
The first step to
operate drones is to register the drone/RC aircraft.
Registration is free for the first 30 days and costs $5
after that. The process is simple and web-based; requiring
an email address, credit or debit card and address.
If the aircraft weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 g) and
less than 55 pounds (25 kg), it must be registered online.
Unmanned Aircraft weighing more than 55 lbs. cannot use this
registration process and must register using the
Aircraft Registry Process
Owners (13-years-old and above) must register their UAS by paper
if it's used for commercial purposes, used for other than hobby and
recreation, greater than 55 lbs., and/or if it's intended to operate
outside of the United States.
Registration is valid for three
years. All aircraft must be marked with the registration number
While it is acceptable to fly a UAS
on base at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, there are
no fly zones. Flying in parks (no higher than tree tops and within
line of sight) as well as in base housing (no higher than 50 feet
and within line of sight) are permissible areas for operating
Drones are not allowed at any time anywhere near the
flightline. More specifically, north of Blakeslee is acceptable to
utilize drones but south of Blakeslee Avenue will result in security
“All drone operations on base will be
subject to review by Security Forces personnel,” said Tech. Sgt.
Floyd Adams, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle
avionics team leader. “Security Forces may request that an operator
cease operations in any area on the installation, restrict the
height of operations, or may confiscate drones if they land in, or
are flown in, a secure or restricted area. You would also more than
likely be questioned/investigated for flying in a restricted area.”
Seymour Johnson AFB specific rules include:
Always keep your drone in your line of
sight. See and avoid all other aircraft, and use a spotter when
Do not fly over roads, parking lots or
vehicles in a manner that could be dangerous for vehicles.
Do not intentionally fly over unprotected
people, and remain a safe distance from individuals,
playgrounds, dog parks, housing areas, etc. (safe distance will
depend on drone capability).
The drone operator must ensure that in
the event of a loss of control, the drone will not injure people
Do not take video or photographs of
people in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without
the individual's permission, and do not take video or
photographs of any military operations areas (fuel areas,
storage yards, flightline and maintenance locations).
Do not fly under the influence of alcohol
Children under the age of 16 must have
adult supervision while flying a drone.
Do not fly a drone that weighs more than
55 pounds on Seymour Johnson AFB. This type of drone should only
be flown at designated locations off the installation and in
accordance with the FAA Drone guidelines.
To remain clear of flightline operations, do not fly south of the
following streets: South Oak Forest Road, Blakeslee Avenue, Humphrey
Street and Peterson Avenue. In no case will a drone be flown on the
flightline or inside the airfield fence.
By U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley Williamson
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