January 24, 2022

New Map Reference Resource: AirMap, a New Online Digital Atlas For Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

From UAS Magazine:

AirMap, which was cofounded by Ben Marcus, co-founder of leading aircraft brokerage firm jetAVIVA, and Gregory McNeal, associate professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University, integrates multiple sources data and gives UAS operators an easy-to-use, yet detailed, solution providing a single view of the restricted areas around an operation, according to the company.

The map focuses on airspace information up to 500 feet. Using AirMap, operators can select layers depicting recreational use (which displays airspace around airports), blanket certificates of authorization rules applicable to holders of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Section 333 exemptions, and controlled airspace, which complies with the FAA’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

From Popular Science:

While it’s still a work in progress, AirMap comes with several useful toggles: airports, with the option to add in private airports as well. There’s a toggle for controlled airspace, and one for caution, like the temporary flight restriction or the permanent one banning flights over the White House in Washington. And there’s an advisory option, where pilots can select private residences (built from the NoFlyZone opt-in database), schools, hospitals, helipads, and buildings they can avoid if they want to. Toggling through the other features, we can see that after the temporary restriction, and excluding national parks (where drones are prohibited), there’s a lot of other controlled airspace, as well as areas near airports, worth avoiding, but there are spots to fly a drone in New York. It just means flying them in Staten Island.

Direct to AirMap

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