Drone photography and videography is a fun an exciting hobby when done safely and legally. Watch the video below if you plan to fly a drone in the Salem, Oregon area. Also check out our list of Do’s and Don’ts.
- Forget that the FAA regulates all airspace from the ground up
- Forget to register your drone if it’s between 1/2-pound and 55-pounds
- Fly higher than 400 feet above the ground
- Fly your drone out of visual range or where you can’t see it
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fly over stadiums, sporting events, large crowds of people or near structures
- Fly over forest fires, car crashes, or anywhere that emergency personnel need to respond to
- Fly within 5-miles nautical miles of aircraft, airports, heliports, or seaports
- Contact the Salem Municipal Airport and air traffic control tower at 503-588-6314 if you’re going to fly
- Remember that the airport is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m..
- Remember that the air traffic control tower is open seven days a week 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Know that both Airport and tower workload issues may prevent staff from answering calls, returning messages, or responding to e-mails in a timely manner. However, you will be contacted as soon as staff is able
- Remember that you can’t fly unless you’ve made positive contact with the Airport and the Air Traffic Control Tower
For more information about drones, please visit the FAA’s website.