The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over national security-sensitive locations.
Effective July 11, the new restrictions, requested by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), apply to the following locations:
- Raven Rock Mountain Complex in Adams, Pa.
- Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo.
- Pine Bluff Arsenal in White Hall, Ark.
- Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah
- Hawthorne Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev.
- Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colo.
- Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, Iowa
- Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, N.Y.
- Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky.
- Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.
- Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, Va.
- Maui Space Surveillance Site in Maui, Hawaii
The FAA explains it has been cooperating with federal partners to address concerns about malicious drone operations by using the agency’s existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 99.7 (14 CFR § 99.7), Special Security Instructions, to establish UAS-specific flight restrictions over select, security-sensitive locations.
Drone operators who violate these flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges, the FAA notes.
The FAA is continuing to consider additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific flight restrictions by using its 14 CFR § 99.7 authority. Previously, the FAA has announced other drone flight restrictions for locations including U.S. Department of the Interior landmarks, Department of Energy facilities and other DoD facilities.
Photo: U.S. Army/Pueblo Chemical Depot [Public domain]