Osan enforces drone regulations

Osan enforces drone regulations

by Senior Airman Denise Jenson
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- As a reminder for servicemembers and their families living on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on the installation is prohibited. Additionally, Korean Law prohibits UAS flights within six miles of active air fields and military installations.

The importance of having these laws and regulations is for flight safety, which could cause a danger to an aircraft and the crew. Additionally, there are force protection concerns for UASs being utilized for intelligence gathering and potentially as weapons. If a UAS is noticed around the installation, there are certain steps that can be taken to properly report the incident.

  • D. Direct Attention – If a drone is UAS is seen or heard, direct attention outward and upward to attempt to locate individuals who may be holding a controller or device that appears to be operating the UAS. Look towards rooftops and windows.
  • R. Report Incident – Report immediately via radio, telephone or voice to request the 51st Security Forces Squadron to respond. If the operator is located off base, inform SFS of the location so they can coordinate with the Korean National Police.
  • O. Observe – Observe and maintain visibility of the device, if safe to do so, for damage or injured individuals. Note: A UAS’s battery life is short – typically 30 to 40 minutes.
  • N. Notice – Notice the features of the UAS, such as the type of device (fixed wing, multi rotor, or tilt rotor), size shape, color, payload, camera equipment and activity of the device.
  • E. Execute – Execute appropriate actions and if practical, locate the operator, identify and interview if permissible. Remember to always treat UAS on the ground as a suspicious package.

The No Drone Program focus is on the small commercially available type of drones, such as the Parrot, DJI Phantom or Mavic series and other similar type of commercial drones. Military members could be subject to prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Civilians could be prosecuted under the U.S. Code and/or Korean Law, which may fine violations up to two million South Korean Won.

To report a drone or UAS sighting, contact the Base Defense Operations Center at DSN: 783-6515.

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