In April, the FAA released 268 UAS facility maps for guidance on safe altitudes to apply for authorization around airports. Within 24 hours, these maps were available on AirMap’s iOS, Android, and Web apps, and all other software powered by the AirMap platform.

But we think we can do even better.

To make it even easier for you to know exactly where it’s safe to fly, we’ve trimmed the gridded UAS facility maps to fit within the controlled airspace in which they apply, and we’ve combined grids in which the maximum safe altitudes are the same.

The screenshots below illustrate this.

The first image depicts the grids, overlaid on the controlled airspace around Visalia Municipal Airport. Note that the grids are over-inclusive, extending beyond Visalia’s Class E controlled airspace.

Take a look at the red circle in this image. If you planned to operate a drone in that location, the grid would inaccurately suggest that there are regulatory limits placed on your operation. But that’s not true. The grids are merely a reference, and they only apply in controlled airspace.

Now look at the new and improved map below, where the grids are trimmed to be contained within Visalia’s controlled airspace. Here, your operation is accurately depicted as cleared for flight, with no controlled airspace restrictions. Trimming the gridded maps eliminates confusion caused by grids that are not contained within controlled airspace.

AirMap is working directly with regulators to open up airspace for drones on the path to full airspace integration for drones worldwide. AirMap’s advanced mapping technology takes complex rule sets for a particular geographic area and customizes those rules to the context of each specific drone operation, giving you the exact information you need to fly safely and responsibly in the national airspace system.

The FAA is expected to release the next set of UAS Facility Maps at the end of June, demonstrating exciting progress towards Low-Altitude Authorization and Notice Capability (LAANC), which leads to fully operational UTM (UAS Traffic Management).