The FAA’s list of no fly zones for drones has seen an expansion this month as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in collaboration with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a list of new facilities including prisons and coast guard facilities where drone flights have been termed as illegitimate.
This is the first time that restrictions have been placed for small unmanned aircrafts or drones over Federal Bureau of Prisons and US Coast Guard Facilities.
Similar flight restrictions have been placed over military facilities along with ten facilities related to the Department of Interior including New Yorks’ Statue of Liberty National Monument and seven facilities related to the Department of Energy.
The flight restrictions have been placed on the following new locations:
- United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson near Tucson, AZ
- USP Atwater near Atwater, CA
- USP Victorville near Victorville, CA
- USP Florence High near Florence, CO
- USP Florence ADMAX near Florence, CO
- USP Coleman I near Sumterville, FL
- USP Coleman II near Sumterville, FL
- USP Marion near Marion, IL
- USP Terre Haute near Terre Haute, IN
- USP Big Sandy near Inez, KY
- USP McCreary near Pine Knot, KY
- USP Pollock near Pollock, LA
- USP Yazoo City near Yazoo City, MS
- USP Allenwood near Allenwood, PA
- USP Canaan near Waymart, PA
- USP Lewisburg near Lewisburg, PA
- USP Beaumont near Beaumont, TX
- USP Lee near Pennington Gap, VA
- USP Hazelton near Bruceton Mills, WV
- United States Coast Guard (USCG) Baltimore Yard, MD
- USCG Base Boston, MA
- USCG Base Alameda, CA
- USCG Base Los Angeles/Long Beach (LALB), CA
- USCG Base Elizabeth City, NC
- USCG Base Kodiak, AK
- USCG Base Miami, FL
- USCG Base Portsmouth, VA
- USCG Base Seattle, WA
The restrictions took effect on June 20 and the offenders are likely to face enforcement action including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.
The FAA also informed that special permissions can be solicited from the FAA or the facility to make exception from the rule.
If you are still having doubts about flying your drone around certain installments, then this Know Before You Fly map by AirMap will be handy. You simply have to enter your Zip code and the map will let you know whether you are in a restricted territory or not.