EAST ALTON — Small-unmanned aircraft systems, often called “drones,” have become prolific during the latter part of 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been alerted to potential hazards associated with the abundance of these craft. The FAA is examining different directives to assure the safety of those on the ground as well as the safety of the air traffic system.
In the interim, the FAA has directed that small non-commercial recreational drones cannot be flown in excess of 400 feet above ground level and not within five miles of an airport. This chart depicts a five nautical mile circle around the “airport reference point” of St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton. The reference point for the airport is physically located a few feet southeast of the intersection of the two runways.
For information about drone safety and registration, visit www.faa.gov.