No public drones allowed near wildfires because, 'If You Fly, We Can’t'

  • Source: AK Fire Info
  • Published: 05/25/2022 12:00 AM

Please pass the word that “If You Fly, We Can’t”. Areas with wildfires must be a #NoDroneZone so that the helicopters, air tankers and aerial supervisors are able to coordinate an effective initial attack without an incursion into their airspace. A civilian drone spotted at a wildfire effectively brings a temporary halt to the aerial firefight. Pilot and crew safety come first and pilots will land their aircraft at the nearest safe location when an unauthorized drone is spotted. It’s that simple – “If You Fly, We Can’t”. And that can lead to fire spreading and threatening homes, businesses and infrastructure. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is put in place over an active wildfire area as soon as is feasible and as determined by fire managers and aerial firefighting specialists. General aviation pilots are reminded to check locally and to anticipate TFRs during active or long duration wildfire suppression.


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