AirMap, new site to show safe flight zones

From DroneLife:

On Thursday, the team behind launched AirMap, a free, comprehensive digital map that allows unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to visualize the airspace around them, including areas where they may not be permitted to fly. AirMap gives users an easy to use, digital map that provides low altitude airspace information unmanned aircraft operators need in order to fly safely and avoid restricted airspace.

The new platform was conceived by Ben Marcus, the developer behind, and Greg McNeal, an associate professor at Pepperdine University, Forbes contributor, and leading expert on UAV law.

Marcus and McNeal teamed up to launch AirMap after they realized drone operators needed a tool that would let them understand the complexities of restricted airspace for unmanned aircraft operations. Marcus, who co-founded leading aircraft brokerage firm jetAVIVA, will lead development and business growth functions. McNeal will apply his expertise and research in local regulatory environments to help AirMap reach and educate users throughout the country.

“As a drone operator I found it hard to know what the airspace rules were in the places where I wanted to fly. There were no accurate visuals or reliable electronic tools that could tell me and other operators where we can and cannot fly. AirMap solves this problem and helps to educate operators about this complex regulatory environment,” McNeal said in the press release.

“I want to help educate the public and operators about the complexities of airspace.  As people who follow my writing know, my goal is to make sure that the industry can take off, and I think the best way to ensure that happens is to make it easy for people to understand complex regulations,” he told DRONELIFE.

AirMap displays airspace information from ground level up to 500 feet, including the appropriate airspace for recreational drone use, airspace that falls under the “Blanket COA” rules applicable to holders of FAA Section 333 exemptions for commercial UAS operations, Controlled airspace (Class B, C, D, and E), and requested no fly zones per the voluntary (but unenforceable), where anyone can request the flying public avoid their private property.

AirMap’s advisory board includes Dr. Steve Crocker, Internet pioneer and chairman of the ICANN, Stuart Banner, UCLA law professor and author of “Who Owns the Sky,” Tom McInerney, serial entrepreneur and former scientist at Apple, and Mike Mothner, founder and CEO of WPromote.

Currently in its beta stage, AirMap is free to use and available today at

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Comment by Christian on May 1, 2015 at 6:59am

Unfortunately AirMap only covers the United States...

Comment by Superwalloon on May 2, 2015 at 1:35am

Very interesting. Just wondering how this will include all the legal aspects of each and every country... If we take Europe for instance there is no uniformity at all. Furthermore depending whether you have a cam attached or not, or whether you fly commercial or for leisure, again things change. I wonder how the airmap team expects to reflect all of these, and to maintain them current.

Comment by Doug Walmsley on May 4, 2015 at 8:40am

I would like to have layered filters auto apply for the different classes of airspace.  If air vehicle starts out flying under 500ft then only show restrictions for that block altitude ranges.  If the air vehicle ascends into any other class airspace then those restricts auto display, kind of a filter vs altitude capability would be very helpful.  Also maybe a parameter where the pilot is alerted that he has crossed into another Class airspace. 


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