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Travis AFB updates on-base drone policy
By 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs staff report, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published August 20, 2018
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Per policy from the office of the Secretary of Defense, recreational use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or sUAS, is banned on Travis Air Force Base, California, effective immediately.
Typically referred to as drones, sUAS were allowed limited use on the installation, specifically in pre-coordinated and commander-approved capacities where the drone pilots were under stringent operational guidelines.
This policy, however, was at odds with the Department of Defense’s official guideline that was sent down May 18. The DoD’s policy, created in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration, placed a blanket ban of commercial-off-the-shelf sUAS on or near select military installations.
According to a Pentagon spokesperson, “the increased use of commercial and privately owned small unmanned aircraft systems has raised DoD concerns for the safety and security of its installations, its aviation and its people.”
The ban extends to dependents and guests of Travis AFB personnel.
Specific guidelines on the proper use of drones are listed on the FAA website at https://www.faa.gov/uas/.
Please report all activity to 60th Security Forces at 707-424-2800. For any questions, call the 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office at 707-424-2011.