No-Drone Zones Commence in DC, NY and Philly for Pope’s Visit

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding residents of and visitors to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia that these cities and the surrounding communities are no-drone zones from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

The FAA has flight restrictions in place in and around the three cities. Flying a drone anywhere Pope Francis will visit is against the law, and any unmanned aircraft – including radio-controlled model aircraft – are subject to FAA requirements.

The airspace around Washington, D.C., is already more restricted than in any other part of the country. A prohibition against flying any type of unmanned aircraft without specific approval exists around the District of Columbia and neighboring cities, towns and airports. The FAA temporarily has expanded restrictions for all aircraft, including drones, to include Potomac Airfield, College Park and Washington Executive/Hyde Park airports.

“If you plan to attend any of the Papal visit events, please leave your drone at home,” says Michael Huerta, FAA administrator. “Anyone flying a drone within the designated restricted areas may be subject to civil and criminal charges.”


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