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The Town of Smithfield recognizes operating unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, has become a popular recreational activity. This webpage will serve as a resource that provides all the necessary information needed for recreational drone flying within the Town of Smithfield.
Areas that have been approved for UAS or drone use are listed below with their hours and designated approved locations.
As a recreational UAS pilot, you must first register your aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration.
All recreational flyers must pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage (the TRUST completion certificate) to the FAA or law enforcement upon request.
Information regarding obtaining the TRUST completion certificate:
Once you have registered your UAS (drone) and obtained the TRUST certificate, here are a few of the basic rules:
UAS (Drones) weighing less than 400 grams may take off and land in any Town of Smithfield location except for nature preserves, lakes, wetland centers, or cemeteries. UAS (Drones) weighing more than 400 grams should take off and land from the designated locations listed below.
Before flying your drone, be sure to check the area on the U.S. Air Space Map. Once you enter the location address, click on the map to identify all possible air traffic restrictions including airport/heliports you may need to contact before flight.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for UAS (Drones) within the Town of Smithfield, call the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department at 919-934-2148.
Approved UAS (Drone) Location in Smithfield
1222 West Market Street
Location in Park: Open space
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Note: If park is rented or space is occupied for other activities, no drone flights will be allowed.
P.O. Box 761, Smithfield, NC 27577
350 East Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
Main Phone: 919-934-2116
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