News

May 5, 2017
 

Know before you fly: New drone policy on base

by Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

A policy released March 12 restricts the use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) from flying on or near Luke, with some recreational exceptions.

“On base, use of sUASs is permitted from sunrise to sunset on weekends and holidays, at or below 100 feet above ground level, and only within the boundaries of Fowler Park,” said Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander. “Operators must contact the security forces law enforcement desk at 623-856-5971 prior to use.”

Additional restrictions may be imposed and approval to operate may be denied or revoked at any time. Approval will not be permitted during airfield operating hours.

“The goal is to stop unauthorized sUAS operations within the base boundary,” said Master Sgt. Sean Hooper, 56th Security Forces Squadron anti-terrorism officer. “No person may operate a sUAS in prohibited or restricted areas unless that person has permission from the 56th Operation Support Squadron.”

Operators on or near Luke should also familiarize themselves with the differences in flying sUAS for work, business or as a hobby.

“Local citizens wishing to fly a sUAS near Luke AFB must comply with Federal Aviation Administration guidance and should educate themselves on the rules for safe flight near an airport,” said Christopher Toale, 56th FW community initiatives team. “Hobbyists and commercial sUAS operators can download the FAA’s B4UFLY app. The app can plot your position on a map and graphically show you your relationship and distance to nearby airports.”

Due to safety concerns and policies anyone who purchases a sUAS must register their device with the FAA upon purchase.

“It is critical for base personnel and the surrounding community to understand the importance of reporting suspicious sUAS activity to the nearest law enforcement agency,” Hooper said. “Thunderbolts and surrounding personnel should also be aware of Arizona Revised Statute 13-3729. This ARS code gives basic rules for the community and installation personnel of the do’s and don’ts for sUAS operations. Bottom line, it’s the operator’s responsibility to understand and abide by the rules.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos

56th LRS Fuels Management Flight receives upgrades

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos Airman Johnny Jackson, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight fuels distribution operator, and Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing commander, pre...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos

Lt. Gen. Roberson inducted into Order of the Sword

Retired Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson was inducted into the Order of the Sword Sept. 13, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Roberson was selected for this honor due to his unyielding devotion and care of Air Education and Training C...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider

Preparing for flu season; vaccine drive planned for Oct 15

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Zoie Rider Staff Sgt. Gisele Adanlete-Engram, 56th Medical Group aerospace medical technician, administers a shot to Staff Sgt. Daniel Durbin, 56th MDG Immunizations backup technician, S...