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Sea-Tac Airport UAS operation rules

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
near Sea-Tac Airport

UAV Flights are prohibited in Class B Airspace

(Unless prior approval is granted by FAA Air Traffic Control)

See map below showing approximate Class B Airspace and five-mile radius.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly called "drones," are incompatible with flight operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Certain restrictions apply when operated within five (5) miles of the airport.

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements necessitate operators of UAV/UASs to provide notice to the controlling airport/s and Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) facilities of planned operations within a five-mile radius of the airport.

“Model Aircraft” operators must contact the respective Airport and ATCT when operating inside a five-mile radius of any airport. Certain other flight restrictions and issues may be in effect.

Before you fly

You must notify Sea-Tac Airport 24 hours before planned operations by completing and submitting an online Notification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight form.


B4UFly app logoUAV operators also are advised to install and use the FAA B4UFly app prior to flight. Get the free app for Android or Apple devices.

Other useful "no-fly" apps are available for Android or Apple devices.

Sea-Tac Airport (SEA) Contacts:
SEA Airport: (206) 787-5229; option 2
SEA Air Traffic Control Tower: (206) 214-2500
Reference Links:

    Approximate UAV no-fly zone and five-mile notice area at Sea-Tac Airport