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 assigned.
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.
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 forces involvement.
“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 appropriate.
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 or property.
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 or drugs.
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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