Drone Map Guide: Navigating No-Fly Zones and Drone Restrictions
Welcome to our comprehensive drone map, designed to guide UAS operators through no-fly zones, drone restrictions, and more. Before operating, it’s essential to review the UAS-specific data provided on this platform.
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Steps to Use the Drone Map:
Locating Your Desired Area:
- Read and agree to the information in the pop-up window.
- Access our detailed drone maps by clicking the ‘Open’ button.
- If your device is GPS-enabled, click the “crosshair” icon to zoom to your current location.
- Alternatively, manually pan and zoom to your desired location or type in the nearest city using the search bar.
Customizing Airspace Information:
- Use the “layers” function to tailor the airspace information depicted on the map.
- Click on the “layer” icon.
- Choose the type of airspace information to display, such as “UAS Flight Restriction”.
Accessing Detailed Information:
- In the “layers” tab, click on the adjoining “…” for more options.
- Click on “Open Attribute Table” to pull up a sortable table with pertinent UAS data near your operation area. Double-click any field to view its information on the map.
Understanding the Map:
The map features semi-transparent polygons that represent airspace information. Click on any polygon for in-depth details.
UAS Flight Restrictions are highlighted as red polygons, indicating areas where drone operations are restricted 24/7. Learn more about these restrictions.
The UAS Facility Maps are depicted as grids, serving as a reference for planning. However, this map is not an FAA Authorization for operations in controlled airspace. For official authorization, visit FAA.GOV/UAS.
Downloading Geospatial Data:
- Return to the home page.
- Click on the “Explore All Data” button.
- Select your desired dataset and click the “Download Dataset” button, choosing your preferred data format.
- UAS Flight Restrictions: The restrictions on this site reflect temporary flight restrictions for national security at select U.S. Federal facilities. Always check here for updated flight restrictions in your area.
- UAS Facility Maps: This map is not real-time updated. Relying on this map does not equate to FAA authorization or evidence of compliance with aviation regulations.
Liability & Terms:
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For general inquiries or feedback about UAS, reach out to UAShelp@faa.gov or call 844-FLY-MY-UA.
Recreational Flying vs. Part 107:
- Part 107 is the umbrella regulation for flying drones in the U.S.
- 44809 USC 44809 is an exemption from Part 107 for those flying drones for fun.
- If you don’t meet all nine requirements of 44809, you fall under Part 107.
Nine Rules for Recreational Flying:
- Fly for Recreational Purposes: The intent of the flight should be purely for fun. If the intent changes (e.g., capturing footage for someone else), it may require Part 107.
- Follow Community-Based Organization (CBO) Guidelines: While the FAA hasn’t finalized this, you can declare you’re using guidelines from organizations like the Flight Test Community Association or use the guidelines in the advisory circular 9147 Bravo.
- Maintain Visual Line of Sight: Always keep the drone within your line of sight. If flying FPV (First Person View), have a visual observer with you.
- Do Not Interfere: Ensure you don’t interfere with manned aircraft operations. Stay out of the way of other aircraft, especially near airports.
- Get Airspace Authorization: Use the LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) system to get approval to fly in controlled airspace.
- Fly Below 400 Feet: Never fly above 400 feet, whether in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.
- Pass the TRUST Exam: The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) is a training and test to understand these rules. It’s free and can’t be failed.
- Register Your Drone: If your drone weighs between 250 grams and 55 pounds, it must be registered with the FAA.
- Do Not Operate Dangerously: Stay away from emergency response activities, law enforcement, forest fires, large events with temporary flight restrictions, etc. Don’t fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.