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Map of drone fly zones in the US

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.

This map loads slowly so Be PATIENT, it will load! 

Steps to Use the Drone Map:

Getting Started:

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.

Disclaimers:

  • 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:

  • [Detailed disclaimer, indemnity, export control, and governing law information.]

Contact:


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Do Not Interfere: Ensure you don’t interfere with manned aircraft operations. Stay out of the way of other aircraft, especially near airports.
  5. Get Airspace Authorization: Use the LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) system to get approval to fly in controlled airspace.
  6. Fly Below 400 Feet: Never fly above 400 feet, whether in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.
  7. 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.
  8. Register Your Drone: If your drone weighs between 250 grams and 55 pounds, it must be registered with the FAA.
  9. 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.

About the Author
I'm Daniel O'Donohue, the voice and creator behind The MapScaping Podcast ( A podcast for the geospatial community ). With a professional background as a geospatial specialist, I've spent years harnessing the power of spatial to unravel the complexities of our world, one layer at a time.