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Drones Get OK to Fly Near Certain Areas of CVG Airport

Drone operators are now able to operate in certain areas within five miles of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. Prior to LAANC and other recent technology enhancements, drones were prohibited within five miles of any airport.

In conjunction with this effort and in order to protect the safety of the flying public, CVG partnered with several Kentucky airports as well as State Representative Diane St. Onge (R-Ft. Wright) to establish Kentucky HB540, the airport safety law. This law requires coordination with CVG as well as the FAA to operate drones in critical areas of the airport, primarily the ends of runways during takeoff and landing.

CVG and the FAA have both independently partnered with AirMap to execute the LAANC protocols and provisions of Kentucky HB540, to provide seamless and efficient coordination and notification process for drone operators.

To find out more, and to download the AirMap app visit CVG’s website.

“CVG would like to thank the FAA and Kentucky State Representative Diane St. Onge for moving the industry forward by helping make drone operations within five miles of the airport much safer by protecting critical areas for takeoff and landing,” said Tim Zeis, chief operating officer, CVG. “CVG, our business partners, and others who operate drones will benefit from this innovative approach.”

"CVG has once again taken a proactive approach by establishing measures ensuring that the safety of its flying passengers remains paramount,” said St. Onge. “It was a privilege to work with COO Tim Zeis and his team to draft and pass legislation that would accomplish this top priority for our airport."

-Staff report