In Sugar Land, safety is one of the keys to creating a phenomenal city. This includes safety on the ground as well as in our skies. With the growing popularity of drones in our community, here are some helpful safety tips from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on how to fly your drone safely in Sugar Land.
Register your drone
Be sure your drone is registered to the FAA’s Drone Zone Portal, which will give you access to an FAA-issued registration number you will need to carry with you as proof of registration.
Follow the FAA’s operating and certificate requirements
It’s important that whether you are flying for business or for pleasure that you follow FAA-approved safety guidelines. To fly for fun or recreation, follow FAA-approved guidelines of a model aircraft community-based organization AND comply with any aeronautical knowledge and safety test requirements. You can also become an FAA Certificated Remote Pilot.
Follow proper flight recommendations.
Remember to fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled airspace, where traffic is not manned by the FAA. Do not fly in controlled airspace above or around any airports unless you have received authorization directly from the FAA. This also means not flying your drone near other aircraft, like airplanes, and not flying it over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
In addition to not flying over large groups of people, never fly near any emergencies like law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts. Most importantly, never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Download B4UFLY app.
Download the B4UFLY app from your phone’s app store to use GPS mapping to show safe areas to fly within the City.
For more information on aviation in Sugar Land, please visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/airport