FAA Limits Drone Use Near Stadiums During Sports Events

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014

On October 27, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revised an existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to prohibit the use of “unmanned aircraft and remote controlled aircraft” within a three nautical mile radius, up to 3000 feet above ground level, of certain stadiums during events.  The NOTAM applies to use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, also known as drones) at stadiums with a seating capacity of at least 30,000, where either a regular or post season Major League Baseball, National Football League, or NCAA Division One football game is occurring, or certain NASCAR Sprint Cup, Indy Car, and Champ Series races.  Violators may be subject to criminal penalties.  An exception process for event operations and broadcast is included.

This is an expansion of a NOTAM restricting aircraft flights near sporting events originally issued in 2001, based on national security concerns, following the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The revised NOTAM is available here.

For additional information contact Timothy Riley or Jon Harris Maurer.

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