With the growing popularity of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or “drones,” Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) has specific guidelines regarding usage aboard the station.

Although there are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules that provide guidelines for the safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace System as a whole, flying these aircraft over NAS Jax is strictly prohibited without prior permission of the commanding officer.

Restrictions for flying these aircraft are set within a five-mile radius of NAS Jax and three-mile radius of Outlying Field Whitehouse. These restrictions are in place to ensure aircraft safety and security of base assets and personnel.

Those flying drones illegally over prohibited airspace are subject to civil and criminal penalties imposed by the FAA and law enforcement agencies. Service members could be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Only base-sponsored activities can request authorization to fly drone aircraft aboard the station for official purposes through the NAS Jax commanding officer.

For more information, contact base physical security at 542-5118.