Operators required to contact air traffic control if flying within five miles of an airport
Almost all of the Wichita area falls within those zones
Feds cite safety concerns; some drone hobbyists remain skeptical
Wichita drone operators can share the sky with other aircraft after they register with the Federal Aviation Administration.
But the Air Capital of the World’s numerous airports and landing strips mean they’ll more than likely have to phone it in first.
Under federal guidelines, you’re supposed to avoid flying a drone within five miles of an airport unless you contact the airport directly.
Almost the entire Wichita metropolitan area falls that close to some sort of airport or heliport, private or public, according to Air Map, a resource for drone operators. Multiple areas fall within the zones of more than one airport or heliport.
‘Very dangerous area’
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