Revised Restrictions on Drone Operations Over DoD Facilities

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has previously used its authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations sec. 99.7 (“Special Security Instructions”) to address the potential threat posed by malicious drone operations by creating unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) specific airspace restrictions over select, national security sensitive locations at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This week, the FAA has modified those restrictions to include:

  • Naval Support Activity Monterey, Monterey, California
  • Naval Air Station Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas
  • Naval Support Activity Orlando, Orlando, Florida
  • Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Indian Head, Maryland

Drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites are restricted effective June 1, 2018. This is in an effort to continue to protect sensitive areas and airspace across the country. Up-to-date information on these restrictions and all of the currently covered locations can be found on the FAA’s website.

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