Official Drone Policy

What to Know About Using Drones at Lorain Port & Finance Authority Properties, Venues, and Events

Drones (also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems) can be used recreationally for various activities, but you should be aware that there are safety rules and regulations about how and where you can fly. These safety rules are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Lorain Port & Finance Authority supports responsible drone ownership and has taken steps to adopt an official drone policy.

Drones are Prohibited at Lorain Port & Finance Authority Properties & Venues

In order to fly a drone at a LPFA property, venue, or event you must receive prior permission from the Executive Director. You will be asked to present a valid Part 107 FAA License for said approval. All approved Part 107 pilots must still follow all safety rules regulated by the FAA.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulates Drone Use:

The following are basic rules provided by the FAA that regulates drone use that all drone owners should be aware of to make sure they are flying responsibly. You can see the most recent rules and regulations on the FAA website at, as well as information on registering your drone.

  1.  Register your drone–mark it on the outside with the registration number and carry proof of registration with you.
  2. Fly only for recreational purposes.
  3. Never fly over any person(s) or moving vehicle.
  4. Never fly over a public or private event with a large group of people
  5. Never interfere with emergency response activities such as disaster relief, any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
  6. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet above the ground when in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace.
  7. Keep your drone within your visual line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer
  8. who is co-located (physically next to) and in direct communication with you. 8. Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting that allows you to know its location and orientation at all times.
  9. Give way to and do not interfere with manned aircraft.
  10. Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many over-the-counter medications have side effects that could impact your ability to safely operate your drone.
  11. Do not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner.

Note: These are subject to change per FAA regulations. Please always check their website for the complete, most current and up-to-date rules and regulations for drone ownership. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.