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Tinker AFB remains a no fly zone for drones

A sign indicates restrictions on the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in restricted airspace.

The use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems remains prohibited on Tinker AFB. The ban is meant to ensure the safety and security of base personnel, facilities and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

The 72nd Air Base Wing continues to prohibit the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in restricted airspace in an effort to ensure the safety and security of the base personnel, facilities and aircraft.

A sUAS, commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft. Unauthorized use of a sUAS over restricted airspace on or near Tinker AFB is prohibited.

“The policies we have in place regarding the use of drones is meant to keep everyone safe,” said SSgt Georgie Busbee, 72nd Security Forces Squadron sUAS program manager. “Flying a sUAS on or near a military installation is a major safety and security issue, so we advise the public to know the rules in order to avoid an incident.”

Clear airspace around the base is critical to ensuring uninterrupted operations for Tinker AFB personnel. Policies against drone use are meant to protect military aircraft from the additional risks posed by airborne devices.

The Federal Aviation Administration guidelines on the proper use of drones are listed on the FAA website HERE.

Please report on-base drone activity to 72nd Security Forces Squadron at 405-734-3737.