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FAA: check for drone restrictions before you fly

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Washington, DC -- If you're among the growing number of people and businesses that operate Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones, the FAA has issued what's called a NOTAM on the subject.

A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) lets those who fly aircraft of any kind know of changes.

This NOTAM, FDC 9/7752, regards intermittent airspace restrictions of drones at select federal facilities nationwide. The NOTAM is effective from September 1, 2019.

When these restrictions are in effect, NOTAMs will be issued regarding the sites where they apply.

These sites can also be found via the FAA’s interactive UAS data visualization tool.

Airspace restrictions can be found using the UAS Data tool through the FAA’s Open Data Initiative. The tool provides an interactive airspace map, downloadable geospatial data, and other important details to ensure awareness of airspace restrictions.

Through this tool, operators can identify the status of the airspace:

  • When the airspace restrictions are not in effect;
  • 24 hours ahead of the airspace restriction going into effect; and
  • When the airspace restriction is active.
  • The specific activation times can also be viewed by clicking on the individual airspace shapes in the interactive map tool.

Before you fly a drone near any federal facilities, check Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).

Pilots are urged to check NOTAMS and TFRs frequently, especially when operating near or within the defined airspace to which restrictions are applied.

Information regarding flying drones in the National Airspace System, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website.

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