Know Before You Fly Reminds UAS Users to Check for Flight Restrictions during the Presidential Inauguration

Know Before You Fly Reminds UAS Users to Check for Flight Restrictions during the Presidential Inauguration

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January 17 — The Know Earlier than You Fly marketing campaign at this time reminded unmanned plane methods (UAS) operators and mannequin aviators to examine flight restrictions in impact across the Washington, D.C. space forward of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017. Throughout this time-frame, all UAS (together with mannequin plane) operations will probably be prohibited inside a 30 nautical mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport (DCA), together with the Nationwide Mall, U.S. Capitol and the White Home.

The world inside a 15 nautical mile radius of DCA is a Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). No UAS flights are allowed on this space at any time with out particular FAA authorization. As well as, the world inside a 15 to 30 nautical mile radius of DCA is a Particular Flight Guidelines Space (SFRA). Each the FRZ and SFRA will embrace additional flight restrictions between 9 a.m. ET and seven p.m. ET on January 20.

It’s not solely the Washington space that’s topic to flight restrictions. As well as, momentary flight restrictions (TFRs) stay in impact round Trump Tower in New York City and different areas. Anybody flying within the space ought to steadily examine these TFRs to find out whether or not their flight is permissible. The FAA sometimes restricts the airspace for presidential visits and through pure disasters or hazards, similar to wildfires. As well as, TFRs are issued round sporting occasions with a seating capability of 30,000 or extra, together with the upcoming Tremendous Bowl LI on the NRG Stadium in Houston in addition to Main League Baseball video games and NASCAR motor speedway occasions. Extra details about the forms of TFRs could also be discovered here.

For extra particular steerage on the flight restrictions in impact in the course of the inauguration, please seek the advice of the FAA’s advisory here. Moreover, obtain the FAA’s B4UFLY app, now obtainable on the App Store or Google Play, to seek out up-to-date info on TFRs, or verify a real-time airspace map here.

When TFRs will not be in place, Know Earlier than You Fly want to remind flyers to comply with these rules to maintain the skies protected for all:

  • Fly no larger than 400 ft
  • Fly inside visible line of sight
  • Keep nicely away from different plane
  • By no means fly inside 5 miles of an airport with out contacting airport authorities or air visitors management
  • Hold properly away from emergency response efforts, akin to fires
  • Watch out for FAA airspace necessities (
  • Don’t fly underneath the affect
  • Be certain that to register earlier than your first flight (

Know Earlier than You Fly was launched in December 2014 by the Affiliation for Unmanned Car Techniques Worldwide and the Academy of Mannequin Aeronautics in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, with the objective of spreading consciousness about protected and accountable use of unmanned plane methods. For extra info on protected and accountable flying, go to or comply with @FlyResponsibly on Twitter.