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Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is a no drone zone

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson

Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base is a no-drone zone at all times.

Launching, landing or operating unmanned, remote-controlled drones or model rockets, on or over the installation, is prohibited at all times. Many drone and unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, users may not know that they inadvertently pose a threat to military operations.

In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. § 130i, the operation of drones, model aircraft, model rockets and other UAS, on or over the installation is prohibited.

This prohibition includes civic, commercial and privately owned drones.

Strict airspace rules also apply off-installation. Unmanned aircraft systems cannot interfere with flight operations at the 121st Air Refueling Wing..

Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

All UAS activities within the U.S. must follow appropriate FAA regulations and guidelines. Drone activity outside FAA rules and guidelines is considered an unauthorized activity.

UAS operators should take the time to become acquainted with policies, laws and other directives before operating a UAS.

For information about proper locations and rules for drone operation, visit the Federal Aviation Administration UAS website at

Drone operators can also download the free B4Ufly app at for more information about the specifics of flying a UAS off-installation. This app shows a user’s current location and informs them of notifications you need to make to local airfields.