- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - That new drone under the Christmas tree might make for a fun toy, but officials warn it could be a major hazard near an airport.

Drones aren’t welcome within a 3-mile radius of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Salt Lake City Air Traffic Control Tower. But they may be allowed within a 5-mile radius of airports without a tower, such as the South Valley Regional Airport or the Tooele Airport, if they have prior permission.

Drone operators should notify the airports at least 24 hours in advance of the planned flight, and are required to comply with FAA registration requirements. Hobbyists seeking permission to fly near the three airports are asked to call (801) 556-4082 or email [email protected]

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