Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Know before you fly!

The proper operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, is critical to the safety of commercial and general aviation at Tampa International Airport and Hillsborough County’s general aviation airports.

All owners are required to register their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry through a web-based system at: www.faa.gov/uas/registration. Owners who fail to register are subject to civil and criminal penalties.

If you are a recreational user flying your drone within a five mile radius of the Airport, you MUST notify the Airport and the FAA.

Recreational and hobby operators need to adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • Fly below 400 feet.
  • Fly your drone within visual line of sight.
  • Do not fly near airports, stadiums or groups of people.  
  • Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting FAA Air Traffic Control and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Please scroll down to fill out the UAS Notification Form.
  • Never fly your drone near other aircraft.
  • Never fly your drone near emergency response efforts, such as fires.
  • Never fly your drone under the influence.
  • Be aware of FAA airspace requirements: www.faa.gov/go/uastfr
  • If you see a safety issue involving drones, contact local law enforcement immediately.

The interactive map below represents a five-mile radius around Tampa International Airport and the three general aviation airports in Hillsborough County. Type in the location that you will be operating your drone to see if you are within a zone requiring Airport and FAA notification.




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UAS Notification Form

By completing and submitting this form, you will satisfy your requirement to notify the Airport and the FAA of your UAS/drone operation.

Example: 10:00am-11:00am
This is the number provided to you by the FAA after completing your registration.

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