ever wonder what airspace your project is located in? would you know how to find that information? once you know the airspace classification, do you know where a waiver is required? for awhile, these questions were somewhat murky especially to those new to aviation. flight charts are notoriously confusing and if there are overlapping airspaces, it may be very frustrating.
drone myth – airspace can be confusing
so this one was not a myth until now. recently, the faa has been rolling out a new gis mapping system to help clarify where drone operations are allowed based on proximity to airports. instead of class B, C, D interpretations, these new maps simply give a maximum altitude allowed in certain 1 square mile blocks. from 0 feet to 400 feet, 0 meaning no flights without a waiver, then 100, 200 & 300 blocks that show maximum altitude allowed without a waiver. 400 ft max altitude is allowed remaining areas. these altitudes are crystal clear on the map in any area you are operating in. (some airports areas are still being updated so check back frequently)
save a quick link to the faa maps and cross check your flight location before you do any quoting or operating. if your location is within a “0” square, know how to apply for a waiver (usually takes up to 90 days) and charge for your time, this is a service you are providing. if you are working under a limited altitude like 100-300 ft., maintain the proper altitude and watch out for air traffic. doesn’t it feel good to be in the know?