Unmanned Aircraft Systems



ALL UAS operations within a 5 mile radius can be verified on the map here.

To ensure the safety of all, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Congress have established specific safety guidelines for small UAS operators.

Additionally, registration with the FAA may be required which is dependent on your usage. Using a drone to capture photos or video for personal enjoyment falls under the FAA’s definition of recreational or hobby use, which currently no longer requires registration. However, using a drone to create imagery for compensation is considered commercial operation and requires a more detailed registration process.

The FAA website can provide further clarification on which activities are viewed as commercial, non-hobby, or non-recreational UAS operations.

You can learn more about the different distinctions by visiting: https://www.faa.gov/uas/

ALL UAS Operators within 5 miles of the Airport must fill out of the form below.  Commercial UAS pilots must also request prior authorization from TRACON’s Official Air Traffic Control at 303-342-1500 option 1. 
Hobbyists must also read and comply with the:
Safety guidelines for recreational UAS 
  • Fly below 400 feet above ground level (AGL) at all times
  • Keep your aircraft in sight at all times
  • Remain clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Do not fly near airports – stay outside a 5-mile radius from ANY active airport/airfield
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property; power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, sporting events, heavily traveled roadways
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs.
  • Stay clear of FAA temporary flight restrictions; fires, crimes scenes, sporting events
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

AND notify the Airport of your intended UAS operations by filling out the following UAS Operations Form:


Checking the Commercial box certifies you have received prior authorization from TRACON’s Official Air Traffic Control.

Submitting this form affirms you have read, understand, and will comply with the above FAA UAS Safety Guidelines.  

Further Reading 

Think Before You Launch: Safety Guide for Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Users

Know Before You Fly: Unmanned Flight Safety Guide

PLEASE NOTE: Once the Remote Tower is active (4Q2018) these requirements/notifications will change.  Please follow us on FB, Twitter, or Google+ or check your local Northern Colorado News source for the latest news and information for the Remote Tower.