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The Scholes International Airport participates in the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. LAANC was set up to increase access for drone pilots who want to fly into controlled airspace near an airport.

Drone pilots planning to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace near airports must receive an airspace authorization through a LAANC Service Supplier before they fly. You no longer contact the local Air Traffic Control Tower for this authorization.

The LAANC capability is available to pilots operating under the Small UAS Rule Part 107or under the exception for Recreational Flyers. You can find a list of approved LAANC Service Suppliers here.

As federal regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are still evolving, it's critical to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Scholes Airport advises that all UAS operators check the Federal Aviation Administration UAS web page for any new updates regarding UAS policies and procedures.


FAADroneZone is the FAA's official website for managing your drones, whether you fly for recreation, education, government, or business. Use FAADroneZone to register, apply for waivers and airspace authorizations, get recognized as a community-based organization, submit an accident report, and more...

Founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Available for download on the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Andriod. Recreational flyers now have the FAA's first mobile application, to improve the user experience and help show where they can and cannot fly with interactive maps. Unfortunately, to get a waiver in most of the Galveston Class D airspace, please go to the FAA Drone Zone to apply for the waiver.

B4UFLY App Screenshot

B4UFLY Mobile App Screenshot

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