UAV | UAS | Drone Operations

The operation of UAVs (UASs/Drones) around airports is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Visit the for additional information on requirements for operating in a safe and legal manner.  The FAA offers a smartphone app for determining rules in various locations. Click Here to view more information. 

Please adhere to the following rules around La Crosse Regional Airport

  • 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. 
  • 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 (
  • 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 offers a smartphone app that can help users understand restrictions around flying their devices.  B4UFLY instructs users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS).  Download the app at:


Airport UAV Perimeter

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. Click Here for a larger version of this file.

Click Here to download the Google Earth KMZ file