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Frequently Asked Questions
Part 107 Drone Rule
Can I call the air traffic control tower at my local airport to request permission to fly my drone in Class C or E airspace?
According to the FAA, all airspace permission requests must be made through the online portal. This mandate does not appear in the actual language of the Small UAS rule. The rule itself (14 CFR 107) merely requires that you contact the Air Traffic Control facility responsible for the space and obtain permission.
The Small UAS rule (14 CFR 107) prohibits drone pilots who are operating under the rule from operating their drones in Class B, Class C, Class D, or the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport without first obtaining permission from Air Traffic Control. The FAA has developed an online portal through which a drone pilot can contact Air Traffic Control and request permission to enter the otherwise prohibited airspace. The FAA has indicated that the online portal will be the only means by which a drone pilot can request permission to enter prohibited airspace classes. US Drone Law notes that the code section requiring permission from Air Traffic Control to fly in Class E, D, C, or B airspace does not specify the steps that must be taken by an operator when they contact Air Traffic Control.