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If You’re Applying For a Part 107 Waiver Check Out These UAS Facility Maps

Could speed up the authorization process

April 27, 2017

If you’re applying for a Part 107 waiver you should check out the UAS facility maps the FAA just released. Earlier this month, the FAA announced it was releasing airspace maps to help speed up Part 107 airspace authorizations. It released the first round of maps (over 200) today, which are maps of Class E airports. The rest of the maps will be released over the next 12 months.

Each facility map depicts areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely, which the administration believes will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 requests ― and, in turn, help it process those requests. If altitudes exceed what is shown on the maps, then additional safety analysis and coordination will be required in order to determine whether or not a waiver should be granted.

"The facility maps are an important accomplishment as the FAA collaborates with industry to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System," said the FAA in a news release. "They will help improve the safety of drone and traditional aircraft operations."

Before you go here to see the maps, here's a tip: When you get to the large U.S. map, click on the location (it'll be a red shape) you want to know more about, and then click "Zoom to" at the bottom of the informational pop-up. Once you're zoomed in on the location you want you can see the maximum altitudes that may be assigned to you by an FAA processor without additional FAA coordination.

Do make note that these altitudes should only be used as guidelines when submitting your Part 107 airspace authorization request.
Featured image: FAA