JBPHH installs ‘No Drone Zone’ signs on installation

Flying drones on base without written permission from the installation commander is prohibited. U.S. Air Force fi le photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) began the placement o f “No Drone Zone” signs this week around the installation.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are growing in popularity and use, especially with private users. To ensure the safety and security of military assets and personnel, there are restrictions to flying drones over or on military bases.

UAS operations within a 5-mile radius of JBPHH — including Hickam Airfield, Wahiawa Annex, Lualualei, West Loch, base facilities, and a 3-mile radius of outlying landing fields — are prohibited without the approval of the installation commander.

Any UAS flown over JBPHH without prior coordination with the installation commander and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a violation of federal and military regulations.

The user can be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), so coordination with the FAA and installation commander is needed prior to any drone flight.

All Navy and Marine Corps installations on Oahu are “No Drone Zones” for all drones without prior approval.

These zones also include all communities connected to the Pearl Harbor waterways and Red Hill.

For further information, go to https://www.faa.gov/uas/.

The FAA has also created an app, B4UFLY which can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/b4ufly/. The app can help UAS users identify approved operating areas and includes a flight planning function.

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