Flying Drones Safely

As unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones are becoming increasingly popular, many people have questions on where they can be flown or how to apply for and receive approval for airspace authorizations.

Before you fly, review the Getting Started information available through the FAA website.

All drones are required to use the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, LAANC, program links to external site for airspace authorizations. 

General tips for flying safely

  • Drones as a general rule cannot be operated within a five mile radius of any towered airport without agreement from the air traffic control tower.
  • Per Scottsdale Airport’s Rules and Regulations, Sec. 2-27: “No person shall fly or release a model aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, rocket, kite, fireworks, balloon, parachute, etc., within two miles of the Airport if such activity would create a hazard to aircraft operations, or as otherwise determined by the Air Traffic Control Tower or Aviation Director.”
  • Fly your drone under 400 feet and not near stadiums, airports, public buildings and large groups of people.
  • Never fly your drone near a manned aircraft.
  • Always fly your drone within your direct line of sight.
  • Don’t fly your drone over any vehicles.
  • If you see a drone safety issue, call the FAA Flight Standards Officelinks to external site at 480-284-4450.

The Know Before You Flylinks to external site or FAAlinks to external site websites contain more information on flying your drone safely.

Flying drones in Scottsdale Parks

Drones are welcome in most Scottsdale parks, however there are some rules you should be aware of before you fly. 

Flying drones is not allowed in the following areas:

  • Mescal Park
  • Stonegate Park
  • WestWorld
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
  • Pinnacle Peak Park
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve (per Ord. 4276)
  • Cactus Aquatic Center
  • Chaparral Aquatic Center
  • Eldorado Aquatic Center
  • McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center

We hope you enjoy flying your drone in our parks (the ones not listed above), and if you have any questions please call us at 480-312-PARK

Contact Information

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Scottsdale Airport
 - Administrative Offices
15000 N. Airport Drive, suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
P: 480-312-2321
F: 480-312-8480

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