You Can Now Fly A Drone Closer To CVG

Feb 19, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now allowing drones within the previously restricted five miles of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and 49 other airports. To ensure safety, CVG has added an extra layer of security.

The FAA change involves these airports in a pilot program it is evaluating for "near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests."

CVG Spokeswoman Mindy Kershner says it's as easy as asking permission on the AirMap app. What used to take up to 90 days is approved quickly. CVG has more information at this website.

In addition, CVG wants to make sure its air traffic controllers work in collaboration with the FAA to monitor drones. Kentucky HB540, the airport safety law, requires coordination in critical areas of the airport, primarily the ends of runways during takeoff and landing.

According to Kershner, "The legislation allows for enforcement. So local law enforcement, if they see a drone flying in the area, can make sure it's either approved, the FAA knows about it and if not, it can make sure it can stop that operation in those areas."

CVG worked on the legislation with State Representative Diane St. Onge and other Kentucky airports.