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Is drone or model airplane use allowed in The Commons?

Who can fly a drone at The Commons?

Is there a permit fee?

What are the rules governing drone flight?

Are there any other restrictions?

Who governs drone flight?

Other resources.

 

Is drone or model airplane use allowed in The Commons?

Yes, with a Use & Event Permit secured at least 24 hours in advance.

Who can fly a drone at The Commons?

There are two types of users  - recreational and commercial. Both require a permit. Recreational users are flying for fun only. Commercial users include all those flying with any intended use for the information, images or video footage gathered, regardless of monetary gain.

Is there a permit fee?

There is no permit fee for recreational flyers.  Commercial flyers may incur a fee, depending on the circumstance.

What are the rules governing drone flight?

Recreational users must obtain a Use & Event Permit from The Commons and abide by these FAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics community-based safety guidelines:  

  1. The drone may not fly higher than 400', 
  2. The drone must be visible to the pilot without binoculars (within eyesight), 
  3. The drone cannot fly over people. This includes people in cars, so any flying over roadways is not allowed.
  4. The drone cannot fly at night (Night is defined as 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before dawn).

Commercial users must obtain a Use & Event Permit from The Commons, have a FAA license, and register their aircraft with the FAA. Commercial users can apply for waivers from the FAA to fly over 400' high, fly at night, fly over people and fly from a moving vehicle, among others. The waiver process takes a minimum of 3-5 weeks. The FAA website with waiver application form is below.

Are there any other restrictions?

No drone use is allowed at The Commons during an event at US Bank Stadium with expected attendance of more than 30,000 people.  The restriction is in place from 1 hour prior to 1 hour after event.  (FAA regulation)

Who governs drone flight?

The FAA is the governing body for airspace and drone flight.

Other resources.

FAA - Getting Started

FAA - Waiver form