Police remind drone enthusiasts to avoid flying near all airports, not just Logan

A small remote-controlled drone as it hovers in the sky during a meet-up of drone enthusiasts.
A small remote-controlled drone as it hovers in the sky during a meet-up of drone enthusiasts. –AFP/Getty Images

Police officials from the communities near Hanscom Field have a reminder for drone enthusiasts: Don’t fly your drone too close to the airport.

Police in Bedford, Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln are asking those who may have received drones as holiday gifts to abstain from flying the unmanned aerial vehicles within a five mile radius of the airport without prior consent from air traffic control.

“We understand a lot of residents may have received drones as gifts and they can be very exciting, but we want to make sure people use them responsibly,’’ Bedford Chief Robert Bongiorno said in a joint press release issued Wednesday.

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In addition to requesting permission from air traffic control, officials also asked drone operators to avoid flying drones in adverse weather conditions such as high winds or reduced visibility or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As of December 2015, drones that weigh more than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. More information about how to register a drone is available here.

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