For flights near Tucson International Airport (TUS), drone operators must receive an airspace authorization prior to operation. Airspace authorizations come with altitude limitations and may include other operational provisions. Controlled airspace and other flying restrictions can be found on the FAA B4UFLY app or Visualize it: See FAA UAS Data on a Map.
Part 107 remote pilots and recreational flyers can receive an airspace authorization for altitudes below the posted UAS Facility Map grid altitudes automatically from a LAANC service supplier.
The FAA Drone Zone can also be used to request an airspace authorization. It is required to be used if any of the following apply:
- You want to fly in areas that are in controlled airspace and are not serviced by LAANC (the red grids on the UAS Facility Maps).
- You are flying under Part 107 and want to fly in a “zero” grid area or above a UAS Facility Map grid value.
- You have a waiver under Part 107 and want to fly in controlled airspace using the waiver.
Once you have received authorization from the FAA for a drone flight, please contact Airside Operations with your authorization number at 520-573-8190 to coordinate the flight.
Operating a drone on or near an airport is strictly prohibited without prior approval from the FAA and coordination with the airport (Airside Operations at TUS, 520-573-8190). Unauthorized drone operators may be subject to penalties and criminal charges.