Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves. Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can easily acquire a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. There are a number of new federal regulations and safe operating practices that apply to drones.
The City of Villa Park supports responsible drone ownership in accordance with applicable laws and encourages residents to become knowledgeable with them prior to operation. “Know Before You Fly” is an educational campaign that provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. It is recommended that drone owners/operators review the recommendations posted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on www.knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Additionally, the City of Villa Park has established the O.C. Sheriff’s Department as the single point of contact for reporting any drone-related incidents or complaints. Reporting should be directed to: Sheriff’s Non-Emergency Dispatch at (714) 647-7000.