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UAS Facility Maps Set for Release April 27

The first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps is due to be released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The maps will define the areas and altitudes near airports where UAS can safely operate. This will help a drone operator improve the quality of his Part 107 airspace authorization request and ultimately enable the FAA to process these requests more quickly.

Starting on April 27, 2017, users can access the maps at faa.gov/uas. They will also be able to download the data in a variety of formats, view the site on mobile devices, and customize views.

By utilizing these maps when completing airspace authorization applications, remote pilots will be able to tailor their requests to align with locations and altitudes that are likely to be approved for small UAS operations. This will help simplify the process and increase the likelihood that the FAA will approve a request.

Air traffic personnel will use the maps to process Part 107 airspace authorization requests. Altitudes that exceed those depicted on the maps require additional safety analysis and coordination to determine if an application can be approved. 

The maps are for information only and do not automatically authorize flights. Remote pilots must still submit online airspace authorization applications at faa.gov/uas/. In addition, the maps do not guarantee approval. Only the FAA can grant controlled airspace access, which must be done through the authorization process.

Maps will be released in phases. The first release scheduled for April 27 contains approximately 200 facility maps. The agency plans to release additional maps over the next 12 months. 

The FAA’s website will be updated in the next weeks to include additional guidance and information about the facility maps. Visit faa.gov/uas to learn more.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the FAA’s UAS Integration office at 844/FLY-MY-UA or by emailing uashelp@faa.gov.

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