Drone No Fly Zone Airspace Map – FAA’s Restricted No Drone Zone Areas

Are you in dilemma about where can you fly my drone? FAA instructed some areas to be drone no-fly zone or No Drone Zone. You are not allowed to fly your drones, UAS or Quadcopters on those restricted areas. In this article, I will explain you about the drone no-fly zone airspace map with restricted areas.

There are many types of airspace restrictions in the United States. Check the below map or mobile app to know about the drone no-fly zone or No Drone Zone. So that you will be free from unknown violations.

The most restricted area in the country is the airspace around Washington DC. After the 9/11 terror attack, the Government launched “National Defense Airspace” to monitor the region for no-fly drones. The violators may be penalized by fine and imprisonment.

U.S. AIR SPACE MAP – Drone No Fly Zone Airspace Map

Here is the Drone No Fly Zone Airspace Map.

Drone No Fly Zone Airspace Map - FAA's Restricted No Drone Zone Areas

Drone No-Fly Zones in the United States

There are many types of airspace restrictions in the United States. It includes,

  • Airports
  • Restricted or Special Use Airspace
  • Stadiums and Sporting Events
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions
  • Wildfires
  • National Parks
  • NOAA Marine Protection Areas

drone no fly zone map

Note: To know about the restrictions in your area, check this FAA’s official page.

1. Airports

As you know, due to the security reasons, Airports are the most restricted area to fly your flight. If you are a hobby flyers and like to fly your flight within 5 miles of the Airport, then you have to give notice to the Airport operator and the Air traffic control tower.

Also, note that hobby flyers are not allowed to fly the flight in Class B airspace around most major airports without specific air traffic permission.

2. Restricted or Special Use Airspace

As I said earlier, the Nation’s capital Washington DC is the restricted area for drones or UAS.

The National capital, Washington DC is administrated by Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). It applies to 30-mile radius of Washington Nation Airport. That is a drone no-fly zone, so you are not allowed to fly your flights in that area

The SFRA is divided into a 15-mile radius inner ring and a 30-mile radius outer ring. Even though both are very restricted areas, the inner ring is most sensitive. Better avoid flying your drone in these prohibited areas.

Flying a UAS for fun or commercial use between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. is allowed under these operating conditions:

  • Aircraft must be registered and marked.
  • Aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs.
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight.
  • Never fly near other aircraft.
  • Fly below 400 ft.
  • Fly in clear weather conditions.

Special use airspace is the area where certain activities are banned for security reasons. Types of Special Use Airspace include:

  • Alert areas
  • Controlled firing areas
  • Military operation areas
  • Prohibited areas
  • Restricted areas
  • Warning areas

3. Temporary Flight Restrictions

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) means there are some places in the airspace where the air travel is limited due to the temporary hazardous condition. This area does not completely prohibit you from flying the drones, but the permissions are limited.

Temporary Flight Restrictions includes Chemical spill, Wildfire, Terror attacks, Security related events, confidential meetings, Functions, or any special events. To warn you about the Temporary Flight Restrictions, a text of TFR is displayed in those areas whenever required. Here is the list of active TFRs.

4. Stadiums and Sporting Events

Flying Drones/ UAS in and around any Stadiums (from before 1 hour of the event and after 1 hour of the event) is prohibited in the United States. Specifically, flying drones within 3 nautical miles of the stadium are prohibited in those times. The list of events including,

  • Champ Series races
  • Indy Car
  • International Sports Events
  • Major League Baseball
  • Major League Football
  • Nascar Sprint Cup
  • NCAA Division One Football
  • Olympics

Check here to know more about handout on sports TFRs.

5. National Parks

Launching, landing or operating Drones/ unmanned aircraft System is banned on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. The National Park Service drone ban is available on their official website.

6. NOAA Marine Protection Areas

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations prohibit certain flights of (including drones) in their areas. For additional information check their Official website.

7. Wildfires

And finally wildfires. It is illegal to fly your UAS/ Drones in or around a wildfire firefighting operation. Since this may intrude the firefighting job and make their work hectic.

Mobile App to Know About drone No-Fly Zone

B4UFLY is an awesome free mobile app to know about the drone no-fly zone. It was created in association with the FAA. So you can use this mobile app to check the restricted area before you fly your drone.

To get the B4UFLY mobile app go to App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

In a Nutshell,

Are you in dilemma where can I fly my drone? FAA instructed some areas to be drone no-fly zone or No Drone Zone. You are not allowed to fly your drones, UAS or Quadcopters on those restricted areas.

Hope I gave you clear details about the drone no-fly zone airspace map with respective areas. Check the above map or mobile app to know about the drone no-fly zone or No Drone Zone. So that you will be free from unknown violations.

Source: FAA

About the author

David Knox

David Knox is an FAA-certified drone pilot and I have been in this industry for 8+ years. With his long experience, he likes to help newbies and the professionals to find the best drones for their purpose so that they become a successful drone pilot and can enjoy flying the drones.

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