Air Kansas Drone Safely!

Drone Safely!

Kansas is the first state in the nation to have a statewide, unmanned traffic management system (UTM) to help keep our skies safe! The UTM system will help you: file flight plans, stay up to date with current weather conditions, fly in legal airspace, and more! In addition to being available statewide to 138 airports and educational institutes across Kansas, Airmap also provides the service to all Kansas residents to promote safer skies for everyone.

Whether you're flying for fun, or for hire, make sure you drone safely by following the FAA guidelines below.

Fly under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft
(Section 336)

  • Fly for hobby or recreation ONLY
    • Register your UAS
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
  • Fly a model aircraft under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Notify the airport and air traffic control tower prior to flying within 5 miles of an airport
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts

Fly under the FAA's Small UAS Rule
(Part 107)

  • Fly for recreational OR commercial use
    • Register your UAS
  • Get a Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA
  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs.
  • Fly within visual-line-of-sight*
  • Don't fly near other aircraft or over people*
  • Don't fly in controlled airspace near airports without FAA permission*
  • Fly only during daylight or civil twilight, at or below 400 feet*

* These rules are subject to waiver.

Remember, it is up to YOU to ensure that you're flying in a safe and legal manner. Aviation, while incredibly rewarding and fun, requires a very high commitment of accountability and responsibility!

Kansas has partnered with Airmap to provide airspace awareness, alerts, and flight plan filing for your Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flights. Airmap helps you make sure you are flying safely, sensible, and legally. As with manned aviation, the responsibility of all three lie with you—the operator.

Simple! Download the AirMap application on your Android, iOS or use the web based browser. AirMap will guide you step by step on getting your first flight filed safely and efficiently.

Yes, this service is absolutely free!

No, but it is highly recommended to increase safety, and help you avoid unnecessary liability issues.

Yes! The FAA has mandated that your drone must be registered whether you're flying for recreation or for commercial use—please see the FAA guidelines below for more information.

More questions? Follow the links below to stay up to date on the latest UAS news, regulations, and more!

UAS Links from FAA and KDOT Aviation

Kansas has a UAS statute that protects you from UAS harassment:

The Kansas UAS Statute of 2016

Kansas SB 319 (2016) expands the definition of harassment in the Protection from Stalking Act to include "any course of conduct carried out through the use of [UAS] over or near any dwelling, occupied vehicle or other place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from uninvited intrusion or surveillance."