Saturday, August 05, 2017

Tips for flying drones during solar eclipse in Salem, Oregon

The Great American Eclipse is just weeks away and Oregon’s capital is thinking ahead about how some eclipse viewers may want to capture the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Salem is one of the Oregon cities along the Aug. 21 eclipse’s path of totality. For the spectacle, Salem is expecting several visitors.

With drone photographers in mind, a Salem eclipse website has posted information on drone policies.

Before the eclipse:

Don’t forget to register your drone if it’s between 1/2-pound and 55-pounds.

Do contact the Salem Municipal Airport and air traffic control tower at 503-588-6314 if you’re going to fly a drone, which can’t fly unless a drone operator has made positive contact with the airport and the air traffic control tower.

During the eclipse:

Don’t forget that the FAA regulates all airspace from the ground up.

Don’t fly a drone higher than 400 feet above the ground.

Don’t fly a drone out of visual range or where it can’t be seen.

Don’t use a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Don’t fly a drone over stadiums, sporting events, large crowds of people or near structure.

Don’t fly a drone over forest fires, car crashes, or anywhere that emergency personnel may need to respond.

Don’t fly a drone within 5-miles nautical miles of aircraft, airports, heliports, or seaports.

Anyone interested in more information on eclipse viewing in Salem and Marion County can visit

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