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Unmanned Aerial Systems

Know before you fly

Whether you fly drones for fun or for work, Federal Aviation Regulations prohibit flying UAS or Drones within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting air traffic control or airport authorities. For more information, please contact the Des Moines International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower at (515) 974-8010 during normal business hours.

LAANC ConnectedOnline Airport Notification and Authorization via LAANC

LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) automates the application and approval process for UAS or Drone flight authorization at the Des Moines Airport. LAANC provides access to controlled airspace near airports through real-time processing of flight authorizations in controlled airspace.  LAANC also provides FAA's Air Traffic visibility into where and when planned drone operations will take place. Des Moines Airport Airspace UAS Facility Map Grid

view the Pre-flight ChecklistPre-flight Checklist

All drones are aircraft—even the ones at the toy store. Check out this pre-flight checklist to learn how to fly smart, fly safe, and have

visit the Know Before You Fly websiteKnow Before You Fly

Know Before You Fly is an educational website for recreational users, business users, and public entities to learn how to fly responsibly. Know Before You Fly also provides a U.S Air Space Map to help UAS users fly safely.

visit the FAA's Drone ZoneFAA | DroneZone

When you fly a UAS or Drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules. Check out the FAA’s DroneZone website to stay up-to-date!