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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be registered, which can be done online at https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/. Owners must register UAS that weigh more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds if they are being flown outdoors for hobby or recreation.
When flying within 5 miles of any airport, UAS operators must also contact the airport operator or airport traffic control tower in advance. UAS operators flying within 5 miles of Long Beach Airport must contact the air traffic control tower at (562) 424-7128 with prior notice of the operation.
To view the FAA's mapping resource that indicates the maximum altitude permitted for unmanned aircraft systems and drones, please visit the following website and search for LGB.
Owners that have operated aircraft prior to December 21, 2015 must register UAS no later than February 19, 2016. For new owners, registration is required before the first outdoor flight.
To read the FAA's full press release, please click here.