3D Robotics

Droneshare now has No-fly Zones

3689608008?profile=originalCheck out this cool new Droneshare feature, out in beta (beta.droneshare.com): No-Fly Zones! Just select the "Restricted Areas" view from the little icon at the top right of the map (this is only in beta.droneshare.com now, but will be in regular droneshare.com soon). This is thanks to our friends at Mapbox, whose mapping API we use in Droneshare.

Here's the Mapbox post explaining the feature:

Unmanned drones like quadcopters and fixed-wing aircraft are at the center of new airspace regulations by the FAA. While the FAA deliberates on rules and regulations, states, cities and other national organizations have implemented their own no-fly zones. To help people find safe places to fly, we’ve mapped established no-fly areas where drones are not permitted around all major airports, military bases, and national parks across the country. All the no-fly area data we collected to make these maps is now open data under CC-0Go explore the map

Red denotes no fly zones. Explore the map

Where can you fly a drone?

We’ve constructed a map that shows drone pilots restricted airspace. Currently, the 3 no fly zones are:

  • US National Parks
  • US Military Bases
  • 5 mile radius around medium to large size airports

For example here is a look around New York City and Northern California.

No fly zones in greater New York City area. Explore the map

No fly zones in northern California Explore the map

This map is a just a start - if you’d like to add a source to the map, submit your feedback here. There are still many uncertainties around where and how one can fly a remotely operated aircraft. To find out more about local aircrafts restrictions and lean safety tips, contact your local aviation club before flying. We have also started a public Github repository for anyone to post other no-fly zones.

You can also embed the interactive map on your website: <iframe src="https://www.mapbox.com/drone/no-fly/?embed=true#5/38.651/-96.504" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="400px"></iframe>.

Find me on Twitter (@bobws) if you’d like to talk more about drones or ping @amyleew to talk about using this open data to make your own maps.

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  • Chris,

    Sorry, my bad. I mis-clicked on bookmark. Meaning to visit http://travelbydrone.com



  • 3D Robotics

    Mark, I'm not sure which video links you're referring to. As far as I know, Droneshare has never supported video. Do you have a link to something that's not working?

  • droneshare.com lost all video links that were there. The ones still there do not work.

    What's wrong?

  • 3D Robotics

    @Ronald: The data is open source and is meant to be a community collaboration effort lead by Mapbox this is the public github repository https://github.com/mapbox/drone-feedback

    User feedback from https://www.mapbox.com/drone/no-fly/ - mapbox/drone-feedback
  • Very interesting Chris. I notice the no-fly's are also mapped for other countries. Did your team just apply an arbitrary circle around airports as applied in the U.S or was there some data sharing from the regulatory authorities there?

  • No drone flight by city/town ordinance would be nice to be included as well. Perhaps it should include layers that can be turned on and off. Airports, National parks, Military bases, Wildlife refuge city/town ordinance ....

  • Developer

    Much better approach then the just block area around of all known airports in firmware solution by DJI. The thing is, many of those "scary" airports blocked by DJI are in fact used by R/C fliers every weekend when they are closed for air traffic.

  • Thanks Chris. I think I know what happened. The Mapbox post link for 'don't fly drones here' is only for North America however the droneshare.com link is worldwide. It looks like you have all the Australian ports covered but I can help out a bit more. I've got a list of restricted areas in lat long along with a complete list of airports if you want it.
  • 3D Robotics
    Jonathan:it's already global! Probably still some missing areas but check it out in your own area.
  • This is a fantastic idea for the community to come together and create a solution. Would this map be extended beyond northern America in the future?
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