Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Operation

Recreational or hobby use of an unmanned aircraft (UAS) is typically understood as the model aircraft being flown for personal interest and enjoyment and not for business purposes or compensation or hire. Please refer to the FAA's interpretation of recreational or hobby use in FAA's Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires UAS owners using the aircraft for hobby or recreation to register their UAS through a web based system at: www.faa.gov/uas/registration. This website is only for hobbyists whose aircraft weighs more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds. Unmanned aircraft weighing more than 55 pounds must register using the traditional FAA aircraft registration process.

All UAS operators are required to contact the Airport and the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) if they are operating within 5  miles of the Airport. If you are operating within 5 miles of the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, please call the airport office at 715-839-6241 or email admin@chippewavalleyairport.com

A map showing an approximate 5 mile radius around the airport can be found here. Still not sure if you are within 5 miles of an airport? The FAA has a handy smartphone app called B4UFLY that will track your location and tell you whether you are in the radius of any airport facility that needs to be contacted. The app is available for free download for Apple phone users and they are currently beta testing for Android devices. Here is a link to more information on the app. https://www.faa.gov/uas/b4ufly/

Additional safety guidelines for recreational or hobbyist UAS operators include:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles;
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times;
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations;
  • Do not fly near people or stadiums;
  • Do not fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs;
  • Do not be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft.
    • Please note, information on this page is directed at recreational or hobby use of UAS. Different requirements exist for operation of civil or public UAS. Visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/ for more information on all things UAS.