Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Federal Aviation Regulations prohibit flying UAS or Drones within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting air traffic control or airport authorities.  For more information, please contact the Des Moines International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower at (515) 974-8010 during normal business hours. 

To help you on your UAS flying journey, check out the pre-flight checklist to learn how to fly smart, fly safe, while having fun.  You can also read the Know Before You Fly educational website for recreational users, business users, and public entities to learn how to fly responsibly. 



 FAA Drone Regulations
When you fly a UAS or Drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules and regulations.  Review the FAA's DroneZone website to stay up-to-date. 
 LAANC Online Airport Notification and Authorization

LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) automates the application and approval process for UAS or Drone flight authorization at the Des Moines International Airport.  LAANC provides access to controlled airspace near airports through real-time processing of flight authorizations in controlled airspace.  LAANC also provides FAA's Air Traffic visibility into where and when planned drone operations will take place.  

Des Moines Airport Airspace UAS Facility Map