The FAA is expanding the list of sensitive government facilities where unmanned aircraft operations are prohibited. The agency on Dec. 18 announced the addition of seven U.S. Department of Energy facilities that will become no-drone zones, effective Dec. 29.
The FAA declared more than 133 military installations off-limits to drones in April, and added 10 locations managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, including national monuments and dams, to the no-fly list for drones in September. Like those previous restrictions, security concerns by law enforcement and those charged with securing federal facilities prompted the agency to request unmanned aircraft flight restrictions.
The FAA noted that this is the first time that Department of Energy locations have been declared off-limits to unmanned aircraft within their charted lateral boundaries. The agency is “considering additional requests from other federal agencies … to support national security and defense, as they are received.”
The locations with new unmanned aircraft flight restrictions effective Dec. 29 include:
The FAA is working in other ways to address drone-related security concerns as well, including consideration of rules that would require drones to transmit data allowing law enforcement to identify and track drones in flight.