At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 99.7 Special Security Instructions to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
The FAA and DOI have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these sites:
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NYBoston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MAIndependence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PAFolsom Dam; Folsom, CAGlen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZGrand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WAHoover Dam; Boulder City, NVJefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MOMount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SDShasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA
The restrictions will be effective October 5, 2017. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.
To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAAs UAS website.
Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.
This is the first time the agency has placed airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or drones, over DOI landmarks. The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place.
The FAA is considering additional requests from other federal agencies for restrictions using the FAAs 99.7 authority as they are received.
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