Operation of UAV's/UAS's/Drones Around the Airport

The operation of UAV's (UAS's/Drones) around airports is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Visit https://www.faa.gov/uas/ for additional information on requirements for operating in a safe and legal manner.  The FAA has also released an application for determining rules in various locations using your smart phone or tablet, Click Here to view more information. 

Around the La Crosse Regional Airport please adhere to the following rules:

-Within 5-miles of the Airport perimeter UAV's are not allowed to be operated for any purpose unless permission is granted from the Air Traffic Control Tower.  The Air Traffic Control Tower can be reached at 608-783-0202 to request permission to operate within the 5 mile radius of the airport.

If you have a drone:

  • All aircraft weighting between .55 pounds and 55 pounds including payloads such as on-board cameras, must be registered with the FAA.  www.faa.gov.uas/registration
  • Drones must be flown below 400 feet above ground level.
  • Drones must be kept in visual line of sight of the operator at all times.
  • Drones must NOT be flown near manned aircraft, especially near airports (within 5 miles).
  • Drones must NOT be flown over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
  • Drones must NOT be flown near emergency response efforts.

Smartphone App Available for Drone Operators

The FAA has released a smartphone app that can help users understand restrictions around flying their devices.  B4UFLY instructs users about current or upcoming requireemnts and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS).  Download the app at: www.faa.gov/uas/B4UFLY

The following diagram shows the 5-mile perimeter around the Airport.  We have also put together a KMZ file for Google Earth to assist you in determining the 5-mile perimeter.  This map is not survey quality and shall be used as a guide only, if you are unsure of your exact location please contact us so that we can assist.