Drone Pilots Can Now Learn About Wildfires And Flight Limits Using The ‘Know Before You Fly’ Website

The Know Before You Fly campaign has worked hard to ensure that drone operators educate themselves before flying. But until today it was difficult for operators to act on the information the campaign provided — for example, reading aeronautical charts or searching for FAA flight restrictions is difficult. Today that changed with the Know Before You Fly campaign’s integration of AirMap airspace information into a free live airspace chart. In the interests of full disclosure, readers should know (although regular readers already know) that I’m a co-founder of AirMap. AirMap is committed to safe operations and supports operators, and is therefore providing the airspace map and airspace information to the Know Before You Fly campaign and the public, free of charge.

Drone operators can now freely access information about airport airspace, wildfires, and other information through the Know Before You Fly Campaign website.

Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

As excitement and enthusiasm continues to grow around UAS, and the regulatory framework continues to take shape, more consumers are looking to buy UAS for personal use and more businesses are looking to use UAS too. These prospective operators want to fly, and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can buy a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. Know Before You Fly provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.

Drone operators can now freely access information about airport airspace, wildfires, and other information through the Know Before You Fly Campaign website.
Drone operators can now freely access information about airport airspace, wildfires, and other information through the Know Before You Fly Campaign website.

Now with up to date airspace information, the campaign can do even more to ensure that fliers can fly in a safe and responsible fashion. As part of the campaign, operators are provided with a map displaying airports (and the 5 mile radius around them), airport operator phone numbers, temporary flight restrictions (such as wildfires, VIP movements, etc.), prohibited airspace, restricted airspace, national parks, and NOAA marine protection areas.

As an example, the image below shows live information about firefighting temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), ensuring that operators are aware of restrictions near wildfires.