Hello Drone Pilots of Broward County!

Welcome to the wonderful world of aviation

You are officially a pilot! But did you know that all Fort Lauderdale drone pilots are located within 5 miles of an airport?

This means that you share the same skies as commercial and private aircraft. Now that you are a pilot, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of those in the air and those on the ground by following your pre-flight checklist:

Register your aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all aircraft, including drones, to be registered before taking flight. To register your aircraft, please visit www.faa.gov/uas/registration/.

Inspect drone for damage

Inspect your drone carefully for damage, defects, or loose parts before taking flight to protect public safety and your equipment.

Contact your local tower(s)

All drone pilots in the City of Fort Lauderdale are within a 5-mile radius of an airport and must contact the closest tower in the area in which you are planning to fly in.

Ready for take off?

Contact your tower(S) first

Locate your position on the map at left to determine if you fall into one or two airspace rings. If you fall into more than one airspace, you must receive permission from both towers.

Pompano Beach Airpark TOWER

P: 954-941-1550

Drone Operators call between
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Seven days a week

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport TOWER

P: 954-776-1046

Drone Operators call between
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport TOWER

P: 954-359-1201

Drone Operators call
24 hours a day, Seven days a week

Just for fun: pilot lingo 101

Pilots often speak using acronyms which can be very mysterious to new aviators. Below are a few terms you may come across in your future travels.

ATC – Air Traffic Control Tower

UAS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems

FAA – Federal Aviation Administration

FXE – Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

FLL – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

PMP – Pompano Beach Airpark