Los Alamos National Laboratory is a “No Drone Zone”

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a “No Drone Zone”


Michael Lansing: If you’re a drone pilot
and you’re thinking about flying around the town of Los Alamos, the White Rock neighborhood,
Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez mountains or the Pajarito Ski Hill, there’s something
important you should know. The airspace above the Los Alamos National Laboratory is restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration for only authorized air traffic—and
this includes drones. To enforce the restricted airspace and No
Drone Zone, the Laboratory is authorized by Federal Law to track, intercept, disrupt, control,
and even take down an unauthorized drone flying over Lab property. So, If you fly your drone over Los Alamos
National Laboratory, it is likely you will lose your aircraft. It is a pilot’s responsibility to know the
Laboratory’s airspace restrictions, and to comply with them. The Laboratory does not want to interfere
with lawful commercial or hobbyist drone flights, but is required to protect our critical assets
from all unauthorized drone flights. Though a very remote possibility, collateral
interceptions could occur, so it’s a good idea for all drone pilots to stay well outside
the Laboratory restricted airspace and additional FAA No Drone Zone. Our rules are very clear — know the rules,
check the FAA “before you fly” app, stay well outside the Laboratory boundary, and you’ll fly without worry and go home with your drone.

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