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Operating a Drone (UAS)

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Safety Guidelines

The proper operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is critical to the safety of both commercial and general aviation aircraft operating at Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).  All UAS operators and owners are required to understand the many regulations that address drone operations.  The best source of information to learn and comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines is the following web site link: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=93769

Do NOT fly in or above the Palm Springs Class D controlled airspace unless you have received an airspace waiver through the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) website.  Waivers are currently being issued to Part 107 users only.  Authorization to fly within controlled airspace WILL NOT be granted over the phone by Air Traffic Control.

NOTE: To apply for a waiver to fly within Palm Springs controlled airspace, visit https://faadronezone.faa.gov/.  If you have not registered your Part 107 drone, you will need to do so and set up an account.  Once your account has been set up, select “Operational Waiver” option to request your airspace waiver.

NOTE:  For Part 107 users, to see the Palm Springs (PSP) UAS Map the FAA uses to authorize Part 107 UAS operations, visit https://faa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9c2e4406710048e19806ebf6a06754ad and type in “PSP” in the top left address bar.  The map is segmented by grids notated by a number that represents the highest permissible altitude UAS may fly.  There is a “no drone zone” around the Palm Springs International Airport for the safety and protection of our flying public.  Any request that exceeds the altitude depicted will be automatically denied.

NOTE: If your organization is interested in establishing a letter of agreement for a fixed flying site, please contact the FAA  at ajt-9-uas-integration@faa.gov.

If you have any questions, Palm Springs Air Traffic Control Tower can be reached at (760) 322-7500.