Depending on an airport’s size and purpose, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) imposes different limitations on drone flying within certain areas near the airport. Some airports have no limitations. Some airports have varying limitations depending on how close you are to the airport.
Many US airports are included in a system (happens to be called LAANC) that allows drone pilots to request airport authorizations up to certain altitudes (depending on proximity to the airport). Generally, the authorizations are automatic, but not always. Sometimes LAANC is “down,” and sometimes a control tower won’t grant permission to a drone operator. The effectiveness of this system has improved in recent years so LAANC approval is relatively straightforward to obtain. At FnGravity, we request LAANC approval days in advance of a flight to virtually eliminate last minute hiccups in the system.
In addition, most drone pilots use drones from DJI as we do at F(n)Gravity. Flying near airports that have any FAA limitations require an “unlock” from DJI. Otherwise the drone cannot take off.
Generally, the DJI unlocking process works. At FnGravity, we request DJI unlocking well in advance of a flight just in case.