Flying a Drone Safely in the Salem, Oregon Area

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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.