NEWS | March 11, 2021

JBSA remains a no-drone zone at all installations

By Sam Figueroa Jr. 502nd Security Forces Group Future Operations Manager

Joint Base San Antonio is a no-drone zone at all times at all installations.

Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote-controlled drones or model rockets is prohibited at all times. Many drone and unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, users may not know that they inadvertently pose a threat to military operations.

In accordance with Title 10 U.S.C. § 130i, the operation of drones, model aircraft, model rockets and other UAS on or over the installation is prohibited to include annexes and auxiliary fields.

This prohibition includes civic, commercial and privately owned drones. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

For information about proper locations and rules for drone operation, visit the Federal Aviation Administration UAS website at https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started.

Strict airspace rules also apply off-installation. Unmanned aircraft systems cannot interfere with flight operations at JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Randolph, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and Seguin Auxiliary Field.

Information on drone use is available at the JBSA website at https://www.jbsa.mil/drones/.

People can also download the free B4Ufly app at https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/where_can_i_fly/b4ufly/ for questions about the specifics of flying a UAS off-installation. This app shows a user’s current location and informs them of notifications you need to make to local airfields.

To ensure we are all doing our part in keeping JBSA a drone-free zone, contact your local Security Forces if see a drone flying on any installation. Violating these policies could result in non-judicial punishment for military members or administrative or criminal action for civilians.

For UAS hobbyists, take the time to acquaint yourself with policies, laws and other directives. Also, share this information with your fellow military members, civilian coworkers, friends, and family. Help us get the word out to the installation populous.

For more information, call 210-652-SUAS (7827).