The FAA on April 27 began publishing electronic maps for airports across the country that detail where and at what altitudes remote pilots may hope to achieve clearance (Part 107 authorization) to fly unmanned aircraft in certain types of controlled airspace. 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 – note, the system used has been designed and authored to the public using ArcGIS.
This via the FAA on April 27 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published more than 200 facility maps (class E airports) 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.
Some noteworthy details of the newly provided maps:
- The digital maps being made public through the FAA UAS Data Delivery System include a grid overlay that depicts acceptable altitude limits for UAS operations near airports around the country.
- Remote pilots can reference this information when planning flights and preparing to submit online authorization requests
- Operations outside of the defined limits may still be approved, but will require more detailed review.