Here is a great resource to visually see where and how high it is legal to fly drone within the Billings Class C airspace.
The following colors dictate the legal height that can be instantaneously granted by the FAA for immediate flights within the Billings Airspace.
Red - No Fly Zone
Yellow - 50ft above ground level
Orange - 100ft above ground level
Blue - 200ft above ground level
Pink - 300ft above ground level
Green - 400ft above ground level
In the event you have a property that is in the 'No Fly Zone', Real Estate Creative can still submit an application for a flight waiver to the Billings Airport. This process takes anywhere from a couple days to a couple of weeks to get a response back from the Billings Airport. We prefer to plan AT LEAST a week out if you have property within this zone just to be safe. We have flown right up to the airport boundary on many occasions with airport approval, it just takes a little more time to prepare so that we can plan good communication with the airport to execute a safe operation. Of course, all flights in this zone are dependent on approval from the Billings airport and cannot be guaranteed.
All flights within the colored grids require FAA authorization to fly drone. This is something most people do not see when we are onsite operating our drones. Prior to flying, we always request authorization using a qualified Air Service Supplier(LAANC) to get nearly instantaneous flight approval. Flight authorization is required for both Commercial and Hobbyist flights within these grids. Each drone operator will have these authorizations saved with their Air Service Supplier and kept as record in the event the FAA approaches you and your business.
Outside of the color grids does not require FAA authorization but we always follow FAA rules for all flights.
Temporary Flight Restrictions(TFRs) are monitored and may restrict some flights. This changes on a day to day basis but the most common TFR in this area would be for a wild fire or if the president comes to town.
Feel free to reach out to us regarding any drone questions you may have. We strive be provided safe and reliable drone services, while also being at the forefront of drone responsibility.