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RC Models, Small Unmanned Drones to Fly at Pioneer During AirVenture

Policy established for those who want to participate

  • Drones Will Be Flying at Pioneer Airport During AirVenture 2015
    This aerial photo shows the authorized area for drone/sUAS/model aircraft flights during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

June 11, 2015 - If you’re eager to see some of the fun of RC model aircraft flight, a new sUAS/drone/model aircraft area will allow these hobby activities to take place at Oshkosh – or if you’d like to fly your own – EAA has added a location where that will be happening during AirVenture 2015. This is in addition to the highly anticipated indoor drone cage at AirVenture’s Aviation Gateway Park just northwest of the control tower.

EAA received FAA authorization to open a designated area on the south half of the Pioneer Airport runway for sUAS/drone/model aircraft operations during specificed evening hours on July 20-25. l It allows AirVenture attendees to operate a small RC model (5 pounds or less) in that designated area from 7-10 p.m. for each of those six evenings. These are the only areas where such operations are permitted at AirVenture. Even during the evening operations, pilots must remain within the prescribed Pilot Stations. (See photo above.) Operations on any other part of EAA or Wittman Regional Airport property are prohibited.

As with all Oshkosh operations, safety is the top priority.  EAA’s policy uses much of the existing Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) model aircraft safety code and those operating these aircraft at Pioneer Airport are required to be AMA members. In addition, AMA will have a safety officer on site providing guidance during all operations.  

This policy is not applicable to the EAA-sponsored drone cage located at Aviation Gateway Park, KidVenture, or any AirVenture acts incorporating drone/sUAS/model aircraft as part of their performance.

Read the complete EAA drone/sUAS/model aircraft operations policy.