Drone Rules & Regulations

Drone in Flight

Drones, a.k.a. unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are very popular for recreational use. Many drone/UAV owners are new to aviation, so we’ve provided the following information to help prepare you to fly safely and legally.

Drones/UAVs can't be operated within a five-mile radius of any towered airport without prior agreement from the control tower.

  • Contact the Chandler Air Traffic Control Tower if you are flying anywhere within a five-mile radius from the airport – at least 24-hours in advance.
  • For help with radius distance, download B4UFLY mobile app. 
  • Chandler Municipal Airport five-mile radius map.
  • The Air Traffic Control Tower at Chandler can be reached at 480-917-8005 or fax at 480-917-3813.


Chandler Municipal Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S. with around 200,000 aircraft operations each year. Per the Airport's Rules and Regulations, which is part of the Chandler City Code:

"No person shall fly or release a model aircraft, rocket, kite, fireworks, tethered-balloon, etc., on or within two (2) miles of the airport if such activity would create a hazard to aircraft operations."


Tips to Fly Safely and Responsibly

  • Per federal law, you must register your drone/UAV with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This law also applies to model aircraft.
  • Review the Know Before You Fly campaign.
  • Use the B4UFLY app, to monitor radius distance from airport control towers.
  • Always fly your drone/UAV under 400 feet and keep it within your direct line of sight.
  • Never fly near stadiums, airports, public buildings, emergency response efforts, and large groups of people.
  • Don't fly over another person's land without their permission.
  • Don't fly over moving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles.
  • Never fly near a manned aircraft.
  • Never fly while under the influence of alcohol, etc.
  • If you see a safety issue, call your local law enforcement agency.

Drone/Model Aircraft Checklist

When calling the Chandler Municipal Airport tower at (480) 917-8005 or sending a FAX at (480) 917-3813; please provide the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your phone number
  3. UAS Registration number (if available)
  4. The location of operation
  5. The start time and date of operation
  6. Description of UAS (if needed)
  7. Maximum altitude
Drone/Model Aircraft Checklist