By Bobby Sudekum on July 22 2014

Unmanned drones like quadcopters and fixed-wing aircraft are at the center of new airspace regulations by the FAA. While the FAA deliberates on rules and regulations, states, cities and other national organizations have implemented their own no-fly zones. To help people find safe places to fly, we’ve mapped established no-fly areas where drones are not permitted around all major airports, military bases, and national parks across the country. All the no-fly area data we collected to make these maps is now open data under CC-0. Go explore the map

Red denotes no fly zones. Explore the map

Where can you fly a drone?

We’ve constructed a map that shows drone pilots restricted airspace. Currently, the 3 no fly zones are:

  • US National Parks
  • US Military Bases
  • 5 mile radius around medium to large size airports

For example here is a look around New York City and Northern California.

No fly zones in greater New York City area. Explore the map

No fly zones in northern California Explore the map

This map is a just a start - if you’d like to add a source to the map, submit your feedback here. There are still many uncertainties around where and how one can fly a remotely operated aircraft. To find out more about local aircrafts restrictions and learn safety tips, contact your local aviation club before flying. We have also started a public Github repository for anyone to post other no-fly zones.

You can also embed the interactive map on your website: <iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="400px"></iframe>.

Find me on Twitter (@bobws) if you’d like to talk more about drones or ping @amyleew to talk about using this open data to make your own maps.