A drone is also called an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Any drone, whether for recreational use or commercial use, flying within a 5 mile radius of an airport must comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and contact the Billings Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) before any flight.
The ATCT can be reached at (406) 255-2762 (week days), (406) 255-2753 (nights, weekends or holidays).
The FAA UAS Data Exchange is a collaborate approach between government and private industry facilitating the sharing of airspace data between the parties. LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, an initiative between the FAA and industry that directly supports UAS integration into the airspace, by providing access to controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations below approved altitudes in controlled airspace.