Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Drones

If You Are Flying We Are Grounded. Do Not Fly Drones near Wildfires

Know Where To Fly

  • Operating, launching, or landing a UAS in a designated Wilderness Area is illegal. Motorized and mechanized equipment are prohibited by federal law in Wilderness Areas. 
  • UAS are considered to be both “motorized equipment” and “mechanical transport” and as such they cannot take off from, land in, or be operated from Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas.
  • Recreational flights within five miles of an airport are prohibited except under special circumstances.
  • Flights in areas with Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are illegal. The FAA maintains a list of current TFRs.

Be Smart and Fly Safely

Respect Wildlife

  • Under New Mexico Game and Fish Department rules and regulations, UAS are considered aircraft. Regardless of whether or not you are flying for the purpose of hunting, you must follow the rules and regulations regarding the use of aircraft to scout or hunt wildlife. In short, using an aircraft to harass, herd, or chase wildlife is prohibited.

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