Unmanned aircraft prohibited over nuclear convoys, alert and launch facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented special security instructions regarding the use of privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over select national security sensitive facilities.

Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting flight operations within certain airspaces related to Malmstrom Air Force Base pursuant to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 99.7, according to Malmstrom release.

Restricted air space protected by the SSI includes missile alert facilities, launch facilities and Malmstrom. Unmanned aircraft use is also prohibited in areas where military convoys are operating. Restrictions are in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Violations of the SSI can result in several enforcement actions by the FAA such as revocation of FAA certificates and authorizations, civil penalties and/or criminal charges.

According to Malmstrom officials, there have been no recent incident involving unmanned aircraft in restricted airspace around the base or the missile complex, but the FAA suggested that the public be reminded of the rules.

No, there have been no incidents. The FAA suggested we send out a reminder to the public.

For more information or questions, contact the FAA at 844-359-6982.