Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drone)

The FAA has regulated the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drone) and the Chicago Department of Aviation as the operator of both Midway International and O’Hare International Airports has a role to play.

The FAA utilizes Rules 14 CFR Part 101 and Part 107 to govern the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

  • 14 CFR Part 101 pertains to UAS/Drones that weigh between .55 to 55 pounds and are operated for hobby or recreational purposes only. Under this rule the operator of the drone is required to provide the airport operator and the Air Traffic Control Tower with prior notice if they intend to operate with in a 5 mile radius of the airport.
  • 14 CFR Part 107: The Small UAS Rule pertains to Commercial and Other Non-Model Aircraft UAS Operations. The weight considerations are the same as Part 101 but there are additional regulatory requirements that must be met by the operator and permissions granted by the FAA Air Traffic Control Organization if the UAS/Drone is going to operate in a controlled airspace.

All calls pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drone) should be funneled to the following CDA representatives for follow up.

Midway Airfield Airport –773-838-0677
O’Hare Airport / Airfield Operation– 773-686-2255

You can go to www.faa.gov/uas for additional information if you would like to further educate yourself on this topic.

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