Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone)


​An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sometimes called a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard​—instead, the UAS is controlled from an operator on the ground.

Drone flying for business or recreation

Whether flying for business or recreation, when operating a UAS, it is important to know the rules to fly safely and legally. Important information can be found on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website. On the website you can find frequently asked questions, requirements for both hobbyists and commercial operators, registration information, and other useful information.

When flying within 5 miles of any airport, the Federal Aviation Administration requires a UAS operator to contact the airport and the air traffic control facility prior to flying.

Additional information

The Salem Airport administrative offices can be reached at 503‑588‑6314 during normal business hours, Monday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Airport staff are not available after normal business hours, on weekends, or on holidays. The air traffic control facility can be reached at 503‑581‑3571. The tower is staffed seven days per week from 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Please note that both airport and tower workload issues may prevent staff from answering calls, returning messages, or responding to emails in a timely manner. However, you will be contacted as soon as staff is able.


If you plan to fly a drone in Salem, then the video below is for you.


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Salem Municipal Airport
2990 25TH ST SE
Salem OR 97302