Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) / Drones

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, as they are commonly referred to as, can cause safety concerns in an airport environment. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established requirements for individuals who operate drones to register their devices. The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) must be notified if flying within five miles of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI).


Click this link to complete the form to notify the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) of any drone operation within five miles of the airport. Completion of this form will serve as your notification to PTAA.

Please note that this notification is not an FAA authorization. Therefore, you will need to obtain FAA authorization before operating your UAS near Piedmont Triad International Airport. Please consult the following resources to obtain your Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), or LAANC authorization from the FAA.

Whether you are flying your drone for fun or for business, there are requirements that you, as the operator should know about. Before flying your drone, be sure to check on the latest information.

Below are links to resources and information for drone operators.

  • https://www.faa.gov/uas/ – FAA’s webpage for Drone/UAS information.
  • https://www.ncdot.gov/aviation/uas/ – NCDOT’s Webpage for Drone/UAS information in the state of North Carolina.
  • http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/ – Education campaign 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).
  • https://www.faa.gov/Dronezone/ – FAA Drone Information


The B4UFLY app provides model aircraft users with situational awareness and considers the user’s current or planned location in relation to operational restrictions to derive a specific status indicator. The color- and shape-coded status indicators inform the user if model aircraft operation is prohibited, requires the user to take certain actions, or if there are no FAA operating restrictions other than flying safely.

Additional Information

Best Practices for Flying Your Drone within Five Miles of an Airport from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

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