Flooding, Drones and SUN Airspace
By now, we are all aware of the on-going record flooding in Hailey, Bellevue, and surrounding areas. While we understand the desire to collect photos of the flooding, we want to remind you about the restrictions regarding the usage of drones around the airport.
Drone operations within 5 miles of the airport must be coordinated with the Air Traffic Control Tower at least 24 hours in advance of your proposed drone operation. We are aware of several people operating undisclosed, or requesting to operate, drones in close proximity to the airport over the flooded areas between Hailey and Bellevue. Operating drones within this 5-mile area without coordination with the control tower poses a significant safety issue for aircraft operators and may interfere with local first responder operations in the area – especially in the constrained environment around our airport. Per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, the Air Traffic Control Tower has sole responsibility of coordinating drone operations in our airspace with drone operators – neither airport management, Blaine County, or the City of Hailey, has this authority. Failure to coordinate with the Tower will result in contact by local law enforcement and may include contact by the FAA.
For further information about drone operations around SUN, please contact Airport Operations at 208-720-5186 or visit our website at: http://iflysun.com/drones/.
Please be mindful of your location and applicable regulations while flying drones within the vicinity of the airport to help us maintain a safe operating environment. Thanks for your cooperation.