FAA Enacts Three-Day Drone Restrictions for Super Bowl

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As it has done in recent years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has declared Super Bowl LIII a “no-drone zone.”

The FAA will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on game day that will prohibit drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta up to 17,999 feet in altitude. The TFR will be in place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 3. Some general aviation operations may be allowed within the TFR, provided they meet specific security and operational requirements, the FAA notes.

The FAA also will restrict drone flights for 1 nautical mile around the stadium up to an altitude of 1,000 feet on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST and on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at which time the TFR for the game takes effect. Further details are available here (under NOTAM numbers 9/5085 and 9/5087-5089).

The agency says pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $20,000 and potential criminal prosecution.

The FAA notes that drone pilots should check its B4UFly app to determine when and where they may fly. To highlight the restrictions, the FAA has also produced the video seen below:

Photo by Jeffrey Beall [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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