Drones

No Drone Zone

The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment regularly monitors the activities of the FAA regarding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or "Drones". For the latest information regarding UAS, please visit the FAA's UAS Integration Office (AFS-80) which is the Agency's single point of contact for everything UAS. The UAS Integration Office collaboratively develops operating concepts, policies, requirements, criteria, and procedures for new system evaluations, integration, and implementation of emerging UAS technologies, and coordinates all UAS operational authorizations, including Certificate of Waiver or Authorizations (COAs) and Section 333 exemptions.

DC National Capitol Region Airspace

Be sure to read the LATEST UPDATE BELOW, but here's the skinny. You (meaning a pilot) may apply for a waiver for a manned HELICOPTER flight for motion picture and still photography over DC restricted airspace here. You may not, currently, apply for a waiver to fly a UAS or Drone over DC restricted airspace (District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport). This essentially includes everywhere in DC.

The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country. Rules put in place after the 9/11 attacks establish "national defense airspace" over the area and limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties. 

For the latest information regarding Drone flights in DC, please visit the FAA's web page here.


UPDATES:

12/18/17
FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over DOE Facilities

https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=89365

10/25/17
President Trump and Secretary Chao Announce Drone Integration Pilot Program
https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=89007

 

9/28/17

FAA Restricts Drones over Statue of Liberty, Other Landmarks

https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=88811

 

UAS Smartphone App

The FAA has now launched an easy-to-use smartphone app, B4UFLY that helps unmanned aircraft (drone) operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

UAS/Drone Registration

The FAA's new online drone registry system is live! If you or someone you know has a drone, please register it now.