New Tampa Airport UAS form improves monitoring drone flights

Casper fully modernized the “UAS Notification form” for Tampa International Airport.

Anyone who plans to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) - commonly known as a “drone” - around the airport, is required to inform the FAA and the airport when and where the flight will take place. The authorities register and assess the information, and communicate with pilots when required.

The new webform not only takes the drone pilot’s details, but also graphically shows Runway Protection Zones around the runways, and lets drone pilots easily enter the location of their intended flight on the map. A location may be entered as a street address, a building name, lat/lon coordinates, or just a click on the map.

The new UAS Notification Form system makes communication easier as it processes the notification and sends out warnings to both the FAA Air Traffic Control and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority if the location is near or in a Runway Protection Area. The form verifies this not only for Tampa International Airport (TPA), but also for three smaller airports within Hillsborough County: Tampa Executive Airport (VDF), Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF) and Plant City Airport (PCM).