October 26, 2021

Reference: FAA Publishes First Set of UAS Facility Maps

From the Federal Aviation Administration:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [recently] published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. But drone operators still need FAA authorization to fly in those areas.

This marks a key first step as the FAA and industry work together to automate the airspace authorization process. The maps will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and help the FAA process the requests more quickly. The maps are informational and do not give people permission to fly drones. Remote pilots must still submit an online airspace authorization application.

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Additional maps will be published every 56 days through the end of the year. The updates will coincide with the agency’s existing 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule(PDF). If a map is not yet available, it can be expected in future releases.

Read the Complete FAA Announcement

Hat Tip: GISUser.com

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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