No Fly Zones

If you buy a recent DJI model drone, or are keeping your firmware on your current drone updated, you will have noticed a reference to No Fly Zones.  These are areas where you are restricted from operating, or where you require authorization to operate.  Some areas of the country are completely blocked, other areas are wide open.

Yes, this is a pain, but after you rant about the government calm down and realize that this is a challenge to work through and learn to use.  We all knew there were No Fly Zones, but not so sure where they were.  Now it is easier to determine boundaries.

You will want to bookmark this page:  No Fly Zones

That is an interactive DJI page that lets you locate your flight area and plan your flight.  Leet’s look around.  For learning, enter Escondido, CA in the search box and when the map shows uncheck both Warning Zones at the bottom of the map.  It should look like this:

The red flag with a black dot at the center of the map is just the search location you entered to orient the map.

You can click on each flag to get more information on the area in question.

The red flag with a red shaded circle over McClellan-Palomar airport indicates a RESTRICTED Zone.  Your drone won’t operate in that area.  

The yellow flag with a yellow shaded circle over Ramona indicates the Ramona airport which is an AUTHORIZATION Zone.    Your drone won’t operate in that area without authorization.

Now check the box for Enhanced Warning Zones.  Green cirlces are now overlayed centered on the flag area, like this:

An ENHANCED WARNING ZONE is essentially like an authorization zone.  Your drone won’t operate in that area without authorization.

Now uncheck fhe box for Enhanced Warning Zones and check the box for Warning Zones.  You will now see many more areas covered by green shading:

You will get a pre-flight warning, which can be clicked through.  Your drone will operate in that area without authorization.

N.B. IF THE WARNING AREA OVERLAYS ONE OF THE OTHER AREAS, E.G., AUTHORIZATION, OR ENHANCED WARNING, YOU WILL STILL NEED AUTHORIZATION.

For a post on how to get authorization click here: (coming soon).


`© Robert Rose 2015