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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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  • Don't mind Jack, he wakes up on the wrong side of his bed every morning.  Must suck to be such an angry person all day, every day.

    Anyway, I think this is a good thing.  Most of the people that are regulars on this website do not need it. But those of us regulars on here are not the ones causing the problems either.  Things like this contribute to educating the unwitting newbie that just bought an RTF phantom and thinks he has a neat new toy.  Most of these people have no idea they being unsafe or unlawful when they go fly in an unsafe or unlawful area.  Anything that can help educate the "Look, I have a new flying camera" public on how to be safe and responsible is a good thing in my book.

  • I've submitted this to the Github repository:

    Hello, please add designated wilderness areas in the U.S. These areas were specifically set aside for non-motorized use by the Wilderness Act of 1964.

    Section 4(c) of this act states: "Except as specifically provided for in this Act, and subject to existing private rights, there shall be no commercial enterprise and no permanent road within any wilderness area designated by this Act and, except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act (including measures required in emergencies involving the health and safety of persons within the area), there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area."

    Wilderness areas are managed by four government agencies: US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service. Each agency has its own enforceable regulations tiering off the Wilderness Act regarding the prohibited uses.

    Spatial data for these areas is located here:
    For further details about designated Wilderness in the U.S. you can browse Wilderness.net.

  • Create your own problems for the sake of publicity, I guess.

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