Check restrictions before flying drones

If you’re among the growing number of people and businesses that operate Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones, there’s a great tool that you should use before you take to the air.

The FCC’s UAS data visualization tool will let you know if there are any flight restrictions over or near federal facilities all across the U.S. Some of those flight restrictions are always in place, while some are just temporary.

To learn about restrictions Click here and follow the link to the UAS data visualization tool.

Click on a red dot on the map to view a restriction.

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You’ll see information about the restriction.


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 FAAA’s UAS website.

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