FAA Lays out Drone Restrictions over DOJ, DoD Facilities


At the request of its federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security-sensitive facilities by establishing temporary unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight restrictions.

In cooperation with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Defense (DoD), the FAA is establishing additional restrictions on drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of the federal facilities listed here.

Information on the FAA Notice to Airmen, which defines these restrictions and all of the currently covered locations, can be found at the UAS Data Display System, which provides an interactive map, downloadable geospatial data and other important details. A link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app.

These changes are pending until they become effective on Feb. 26, notes the FAA. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA, the agency explains.

The FAA is continuing to consider additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific flight restrictions. Previously, the FAA has announced other drone flight restrictions for Department of the Interior landmarksDepartment of Energy facilities and other DoD facilities.

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