Airport and Air National Guard Base no-drone zone Published Oct. 17, 2023 By Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot 185th Air Refueling Wing Sioux City Air National Guard base -- Operating unmanned, remote-controlled drones, model airplanes, rockets etc. near airports where commercial and military aviation activities are present is prohibited. Operators of drone and unmanned aircraft systems should be aware that drones pose a serious threat to aircraft operations. According to U.S. code the prohibition includes civic, commercial, and privately owned drones. Controlled airspace rules apply to flying unmanned aircraft systems near the airport to avoid interference with flight operations. Operators who violate airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. All UAS activities within the U.S. must follow appropriate FAA regulations and guidelines. Drone activity outside FAA rules and guidelines is considered an unauthorized activity. UAS operators should take the time to become acquainted with policies, laws, and other directives before operating a UAS. For information about proper drone operation, visit the Federal Aviation Administration UAS website. Drone operators can use the free B4Ufly app that includes detailed information about UAS operation. This app shows a user’s current location and includes airfield location notifications.