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UAS Operations / Drones

The operation of a small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) or drone within the vicinity of an airport is regulated by the FAA, as well as Kentucky law. Further, CVG Rules and Regulations prohibit UAS from taking off or landing from or near the airport without prior permission. Failure to comply may subject the operator to prosecution.

To ensure sUAS operate safely in the airport environment, the FAA has created UAS facility maps that define acceptable flight altitudes. Prior to flight, both commercial (Part 107) and recreational operators must receive an airspace authorization. Commercial sUAS (Part 107) and recreational sUAS operators may obtain an automated authorization through the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) or a manual authorization through FAA Drone Zone. Further, the operator must obtain authorization through FAA Drone Zone for requests in grids that include a portion of the airport. Additional information can be found on the FAA’s UAS website.

To ensure the safety and security of those working and operating at CVG, it is requested that UAS operators contact CVG for any flights that will take place in a “0” flight grid. Requests can be sent to drone@cvgairport.com. As a reminder, FAA airspace authorization must be received through Drone Zone, and an active Certificate of Authorization (COA) must be in hand prior to flight.

A photo of the outside of CVG Airport.
  • Questions?

    Still have questions regarding UAS activity in the vicinity of CVG? Email drone@cvgairport.com, and we will be happy to help. For information on the go, download the FAA’s B4UFLY app that contains helpful information.

    FAA’s B4UFLY app
  • Regulations

    FAA Part 107 (Commercial Operators)
    Recreational Flights
    CVG Drone Rules and Regulations

    Kentucky UAS Statutes