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FAA Expands UAV No-Fly Zones Over Federal Facilities

8 June 2018
Aviation Week reports that the FAA has instituted the “latest in a series of no-drone zones over federal facilities” on June 7 as news “surfaced separately that the Defense Department has ordered its units to stop buying commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) until the Pentagon develops a cybersecurity strategy.” The FAA named 19 US prisons overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and “10 Coast Guard bases and facilities at which drone flights will be prohibited from the ground to 400 ft. above each site, effective June 20.” According to the FAA, operators who violate the restrictions may be subject to civil penalties and criminal charges. Separately, the website sUAS News “published a copy of an apparent Defense Department memorandum that directs the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under secretaries of defense, combatant commanders, the chief of the National Guard Bureau and other leadership to immediately suspend purchases of commercial UAS.” The memo was dated May 23, and directs leadership to avoid commercial UAV use until the Pentagon “identifies and fields a solution to mitigate known cybersecurity risks.”(Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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