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FAA Unveils 200 Facility Maps for Commercial UAS Operators

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The Federal Aviation Administration has released more than 200 facility maps that provide information on areas and altitudes near airports where operators can fly their unmanned aerial systems.

FAA said Thursday the facility maps are designed to help drone operators boost the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and help the agency simplify commercial drone authorization process.

The agency offered a preview into the maps on April 10 as part of efforts to help users align requests for small UAS operations with approved locations and altitudes.

Air traffic personnel will utilize the maps to manage Part 107 airspace authorization requests and FAA said it will add new maps every 56 days through the end of the year.

Requests for operations on altitudes that exceed the limits depicted on the maps will require additional safety analysis and coordination with FAA prior to the approval of such applications, the agency added.

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