Drone Rules & Regulations

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 hope you find this information useful to safely enjoy your new aircraft.

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."

Drones/UAVs can't be operated within a five-mile radius of any towered airport without prior agreement from the control tower. For help with radius distance, download the application: B4UFLY. View a five-mile radius map for Chandler Municipal Airport. The Air Traffic Control Tower at Chandler can be reached at 480-917-8005 or fax at 480-917-3813. A 24-hour notice before flight is appreciated.

Per federal law, you must register your drone/UAV with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The online registration can be found at faa.gov/uas/registration. This law also applies to model aircraft.


Tips to fly safely and responsibly

  • Register your aircraft. Online registration can be found at faa.gov/uas/registration.
  • Review the Know Before You Fly website.
  • Check the B4UFLY app.
  • Contact the Chandler Air Traffic Control Tower if you are flying anywhere within a five-mile radius from the airport.
  • 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.


For more information, visit Know Before You FLY and faa.gov/uas. Please stay safe and fly responsibly! For your convenience, print or review the Drone/Model Aircraft Checklist to be prepared when calling the Airport tower.