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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  • Does this also include designated NOAA coastal marine sanctuaries that we should be aware of?

  • This is great.  This is not a created problem, this is a very real problem, and a good start to a solution.

    One thing I noticed is that in my area, MP indicates a lot of "seaplane" airports.  We have 10 bazzillion lakes up here, and some number of them have float planes landing on them with varying degrees of regularity.  Some may be once a day.  Some may be more frequent.  And then a plane can land in any lake at any time, seaplane port or not.

    Not sure how this situation should be handled.

    In any case, the seaplane ports are not indicated on Droneshare the way they are on MP.

  • @ Lockhart. Aircraft also fly over National Parks all the time (the Wilderness and non-wilderness parts).

    In addition to "no landing of aircraft" the law also reads  "no motorized equipment", which I think model aircraft could be interpreted as.  So yes I think it is prohibited to take-off and land on Wilderness lands. Hobbyists might be able to penetrate a couple miles (or less if it is truly "visual line of sight") over Wilderness without taking off and landing there, but for the majority of the areas, this means a no fly zone.

  • 3D Robotics

    @Euan the dataset was taken from this repository https://github.com/mapbox/drone-feedback Mapbox made this open source and are taking pull requests, the goal here is to have a community based data source.

    User feedback from https://www.mapbox.com/drone/no-fly/ - mapbox/drone-feedback
  • Great to see many progressive actions by many people who are concerned enough to help mitigate an increasing problem. Link to this DIYD blog post is now at the top of the list on this page for newbies.

  • T3

    The grass strip called "Jim's Private Airport" east of KATL in Georgia is a large airport? Hehehe.

  • @Rob: Aircraft fly over wilderness all the time. Just because you cannot land in the wilderness, it does not follow that you cannot fly above the wilderness. [Not that I want to see or hear a drone when I am inter wilderness more than you].

  • This is a good start. It would be useful to have an overlay of FAA charts, much like http://skyvector.com/

  • Where are you guys getting your feeds from? I see it's in Mission planner too - I take it the FAA has a live feed we can freely hook into?

  • Moderator

    Is that 5 mile zone not around all airfields??? Folks won't like it but this is a good thing, well done.

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