China Lake sets guidelines for personal drone flights

China Lake sets guidelines for personal drone flightsNAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. Hannah Moore – Flying drones for recreational purposes can be a lot of fun, if rules and safety precautions continue to be followed.

Your drone must be flown at least five miles away from the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS) base fence line.

Recreational drone use is strictly prohibited within NAWS airspace and base perimeter under UAS Flight Restriction and prohibits those flights 24 hours 7 days a week. If you are flying your drone outside of the base perimeter but within the local area, remember that you must fly the drone at least five miles away from the NAWS base fence line.

You should never fly near other aircraft; always ensure you know the latest policies and rules; you should never fly over groups of people; and keep your drone grounded during disasters, such as wildfires, to avoid interfering with mishap responders. For more information on drone flight within the United States check the B4UFLY app for any restrictions. You can locate this app at This app helps drone pilots safely operate their drones by providing no drone zones around your GPS location. It also provides a flight planning function so drone users can ensure a safe and successful flight.

To ensure the safety of everyone, please report suspicious activity to base security at 760-939- 3323. To help drone users safely operate their aircraft anywhere in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published guidelines regarding recreational drone use at

Story First Published: 2021-11-26