Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
The Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) operates Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers, Fla. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). LCPA encourages you to operate your drone in a responsible and lawful manner to ensure the highest level of safety. Whether you are operating as a recreational or commercial user, drone operators must understand and abide by UAS rules prescribed by the FAA. Current FAA rules regarding drones can be found HERE.
NOTE: Due to the rapidly changing drone industry and regulations, it is the responsibility of the drone operator to verify the following information and remain aware of all current federal rules, regulations and restrictions regarding drone operations before executing a flight.
Recreational operations are classified by the FAA as those conducted for recreational or hobby purposes only. There can be no commercial, business or financial benefit associated with the operation. Operators seeking to fly their drone for recreational purposes should refer to FAA guidance for recreational users HERE.
Operations for commercial or business purposes are classified as “commercial UAS operations” and subject to the requirements set forth in Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 107. Operators seeking to fly their drone for commercial use should refer to FAA guidance for commercial operators HERE. NOTE: The FAA may require Commercial Operators to complete a waiver process when seeking to operate a drone contrary to the rules prescribed in FAR Part 107.
Recreational and/or commercial drone operators MUST NOT operate within the controlled airspace of RSW or FMY without first obtaining FAA authorization.
Authorization can be obtained through the following methods:
Flying drones in certain airspace is NOT allowed. Classes of airspace and flying restrictions can be found on the FAA’s B4UFLY app.
To determine if your operation will occur within the controlled airspace of RSW or FMY, please check the FAA UAS Facility Maps.