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FAA Hopes These Maps Will Speed Up Part 107 Airspace Authorizations

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April 10, 2017

The FAA will release a series of maps beginning April 27 in order to speed up Part 107 airspace authorizations. This announcement comes after the agency released its latest Aerospace Forecast, which estimates that the number of commercial drones in the U.S. will be 10 times larger by 2021.

Each map will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely, which the administration believes will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 requests ― and, in turn, help it process those requests. If altitudes exceed what is shown on the maps, then additional safety analysis and coordination will be required in order to determine whether or not a waiver should be granted.

The maps will be released over the next 12 months, with the first 200 going live on April 27 at faa.gov/uas. New maps will be released in conjunction with the agency’s 56-day airspace cycle, which you can see here.

Remember: The FAA recently admitted that it can’t fund drones and has a major backlog of Part 107 authorization requests. So if you’re applying for a Part 107 request, give the maps a look and help out a struggling government agency. That way, you can be sure you’re doing everything you can to speed up the authorization process — and if it’s still slow … well, then maybe you can start laying blame elsewhere.

Note: The map featured above is only an example from SkyVector, not one that the FAA will be releasing.
Featured image: Screenshot/SkyVector