Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

The FAA is evaluating the impacts of the Reauthorization Act of 2018 and how implementation will proceed. The Reauthorization Act has not yet been implemented at this time, please continue to follow all current policies and guidance with respect to the recreational use of drones. Updated direction and guidance will be provided at www.FAA.gov as they implement this new legislation.


To complete and submit a UAS Notification Form, please click here.


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.

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 as well as Hillsborough County Aviation Authority’s (HCAA) ordinances, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

  • Do not operate a drone within the RESTRICTED zones found on the interactive map below. 
  • Comply with the altitudes restrictions found on the interactive map.
  • Always fly below 400 feet, unless otherwise restricted.
  • Always 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. Never fly in a restricted area. Please scroll down to fill out the UAS Notification Form.
  • Never fly a drone near other aircraft.
  • Never fly your drone near emergency response efforts, such as fires.
  • Never fly your drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Be aware of FAA airspace requirements (www.faa.gov/go/uastfr) and HCAA zoning ordinances.
  • If you see a safety issue involving drones, contact local law enforcement immediately.

The interactive map below represents a five-mile radius around the Tampa International Airport and the three general aviation airports in Hillsborough County. It also represents the restricted areas where no drone operations are authorized, as well as the 100’, 200’, and 300’ foot altitude restrictions. Type in the location that you will be operating your drone to see if you are within a zone requiring Airport and FAA notification, a restricted zone, or altitude-restricted zone. 


To complete and submit a UAS Notification Form, please click here


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