National Defense Airspace

posted Aug 30, 2018, 10:06 AM by Los Alamos Avgas   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 1:25 PM ]

The FAA, in conjunction with the DOE and NNSA, have added a new category of airspace to the east and south of R-5101 called "National Defense Airspace" (NDA). The purpose of this new airspace is to restrict/prohibit all UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operations, including public, civil, and model aircraft (e.g. - drones) over select national security sensitive areas from the surface to 400 ft above ground level. In effect, this is a new "No Drone Zone". Much of LANL is already covered by restricted airspace (R-5101) which prohibits such flights between the surface and 12,000' MSL. The NDA expands upon this. In the attached image, the restricted airspace is shown in orange, and the new National Security Airspace is shown in blue. With the addition of this new airspace, personal drone flights are prohibited not only within the restricted airspace covering most of LANL property, but also along the entirety of Pajarito road, and all along NM-4 between White Rock and the junction of NM-4 and 501.

While the purpose of this new airspace is clearly aimed at restricting UAS operations between the surface and 400 AGL, and is unlikely to impact manned aircraft operations out of LAM, it is good to be aware of this new category of airspace.

UAS Airspace Maps:
Restricted Airspace Maps:…/…/Order/BasicJO7400.8R.pdf

LANL Press Release:

Los Alamos Airport Newsletter - August 2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 2:30 PM by Los Alamos Avgas

Los Alamos Airport Newsletter - August 2018

LAM Newsletter - July 2018

posted Jul 26, 2018, 8:32 PM by Los Alamos Avgas

Los Alamos Airport Newsletter - July 2018

LAM Newsletter - June 2018

posted Jul 3, 2018, 11:22 AM by Los Alamos Avgas

Los Alamos Airport Newsletter - June 2018

LAM Newsletter - May 2018

posted May 26, 2018, 6:46 AM by Los Alamos Avgas

Los Alamos Airport Newsletter - May 2018

New Flight Planning Computer

posted May 28, 2017, 9:24 AM by Los Alamos Avgas

A new computer has been installed in the flight planning room, replacing the old one that has been there for for the past 6+ years. You should see a significant improvement in speed and performance from this new computer.

For software installation requests, or if there are issues with the new computer, please send e-mail to:

UAS (Drone) Flight Registration

posted Feb 24, 2017, 3:37 PM by Los Alamos Avgas   [ updated May 10, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

Los Alamos County has posted the rules for UAS (Drone) flight within the county. All pilots who wish to fly a UAV within a 5-mile radius of the airport must notify the County in advance, for each flight, using the online registration form.

New WiFi in Terminal Building

posted May 12, 2014, 3:14 PM by Los Alamos Avgas

The County has installed a new high-speed (20+ Mb/sec) WiFi network in the airport terminal building.  The network name is "LAC Pubic", and it is free to use.  

In response, the old WiFi network ("LAM Airport") has been disconnected.   

Accident Analysis - 3/14/14

posted Mar 1, 2014, 9:59 AM by Los Alamos Avgas   [ updated Mar 1, 2014, 10:01 AM ]

Will Fox, a local CFI, will be presenting an analysis of the Husky accident that occurred at the Los Alamos airport last December.  His presentation will be at the Airport terminal building at the following time:

N80MF Husky Accident Analysis by Will Fox
Los Alamos Airport Terminal Building
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:00 pm

Webcam Off-Line

posted Apr 26, 2013, 7:54 AM by Los Alamos Avgas

As a result of weather damage to the cameras on top of the Terminal Building, the airport webcam is off-line until further notice.  The County does not currently have the budget to replace the cameras.  The link to the webcam has also been removed from the airport website.

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