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The Oregon Department of Aviation encourages you to operate your UAS in a safe and lawful manner. The information provided is intended to address general guidelines based on Federal Aviation Regulations. Operators should be familiar with all applicable requirements including all applicable federal, state, and local regulations. We recommend contacting the appropriate authorities to ensure compliance.
The ODA owns and operates 28 Airports throughout the State of Oregon within both class D and G airspace. The ODA does not permit recreational UAS operations on state airport property. Requests to operate from state property, commercially or as part of a public agency, will require authorization by the ODA. All requests are subject to ODA approval.
The Oregon Department of Aviation appreciates the time you have taken to ensure safe and compliant flight. For more information please email us at UAS@aviaiton.state.or.us
For other UAS Questions please email:
Planning & Projects Manager
Deputy Director, State Airports Manager
Recreational operations are classified by the FAA as those conducted for recreational or hobby purposes only. There can be no commercial, business, or financial benefit associated with the operation.
Operations for commercial or business purposes are classified as “commercial UAS operations” and subject to the to the requirements set forth in Federal Aviation Regulations Part 107. Operations conducted under FAR Part 107 do not require advance notice to the local airport or air traffic facility.
If your commercial UAS operation will take place within controlled airspace, please visit the FAA DroneZone to access all the UAS information and resources needed for your operation.
Basic requirements under FAR Part 107 include:
* Some requirements may be subject to FAA waiver
For more information visit: www.faa.gov/uas/commercial_operators
To determine if you will be operating within 5 miles of a state owned airport, please see a list of our airports here and visit Know Before You Fly.
If you are within a mandatory notification area, please use the instructions below for providing notification to the airport and air traffic control:
For recreational UAS operations within 5 miles of State owned airport operators must provide advance notice to both the airport and air traffic control.
Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) NotificationCall the ODA at 503-378-2211 or email us at UAS@aviation.state.or.us
Air Traffic Control NotificationCalls during normal business hours (Monday-Friday) are recommended.
Aurora State Airport (UAO) Control Tower:Call at (503) 678-2243 or email at email@example.com
Port of Portland NotificationFor information on how to operate at Port of Portland properties please visit: www.portofportland.com/programs/drones
Noise abatement procedures are designed to minimize exposure of residential areas to aircraft noise, while ensuring safety of flight operations. There are communities surrounding UAO airport which are noise sensitive. We want to minimize the noise impacts on these communities. The procedures described herein are intended for noise abatement procedures and are subject to air traffic control and pilot discretion for reasons of safety.
See attached brochure for noise sensitive areas
Inbound flight path should not require more than a 25 degree bank angle to follow noise abatement track.Observe all airspeed limitations and ATC instructions. Initial inbound altitude for noise abatement areas will be a descending path from 2,500 feet AGL or higher. Maintain minimum maneuvering airspeed with gear retracted and minimum approach flap setting. During IMC, extend landing gear at the final approach fix (FAF), or during VMC no more than 4 miles from runway threshold. Final landing flap configuration should be delayed at the pilot’s discretion; however, the pilot must achieve a stabilized approach not lower than 500 feet during VMC or 1,000 feet during IMC. The aircraft should in full landing configuration and at final approach speed by 500 feet AGL to ensure a stable approach.During landing, use minimum reverse thrust consistent with safety for runway conditions and available length.
Climb at maximum practical rate not to exceed V2+20 KIAS (maximum pitch, attitude 20 degrees) to 1,000 feet AAE (800 ft. AAE at high-density-traffic airports) in takeoff configuration at takeoff thrust. Between 800 and 1,000 feet AAE, begin acceleration to final segment speed (VFS or VFTO) and retract flaps. Reduce to a quiet climb power setting while maintaining a rate of climb necessary to comply with IFR departure procedure, otherwise a maximum of 1,000 FPM at airspeed not to exceed 190 KIAS, until reaching 3,000 feet AAE or 1,500 feet AAE at high-density-traffic airports. If ATC requires level off prior to reaching NADP termination height, power must be reduced so as not to exceed 190 KIAS. Above 3,000 feet AAE (1,500 feet at high-density airports) resume normal climb schedule with gradual application of climb power. Ensure compliance with applicable IFR climb and airspeed requirements at all times.
Flight Crews on IFR flight plan are recommended to file using Heading to Standard Instrument Departure (SID) example:
Runway 35: Avoid straight-out departure; turn left (270° HDG to NEWBERG2) or turn right (060° HDG to GLARA2) If straight-out departure are unavoidable then depart 340° HDG, direct Interstate 5.Runway 17: Avoid turns that will fly-over City of Aurora; turn left or right three (3) mile from end of runway.
Aurora Noise Abatement Procedure
The Oregon Department of Aviation owns and operates 28 airports. Of these, nine airports have been designated as warning airports. These airports do not meet normal dimensional standards and have conditions that require specific pilot knowledge. They require special techniques and procedures to use safely and may not be usable by many aircraft under normal conditions.
If you have not flown into Cascade Locks, Crescent Lake, McKenzie Bridge, Owyhee Reservoir, Pacific City, Pinehurst, Santiam Junction, Toledo, or Wakonda Beach recently we encourage you to contact us at (800) 874-0102 to get the latest information on them.
For specific questions regarding the State Warning Airports, contact ODA at 800-874-0102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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