The FAA has established restrictions on drone operations near US Navy vessels.
It will now prevent drone operations in airspace up to 2,000 ft mean sea level near US territorial and navigable waters.
The new restrictions specifically prohibit drone flights in this airspace within a stand-off distance of 3,000 ft laterally and 1,000 ft above any U.S. Navy vessel.
Drone operators who violate the Navy flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.
Violators may also face security enforcement action that results in the interference, disruption, seizure, damaging or destruction of unmanned aircraft considered to pose a safety or security threat to protected U.S. Navy assets.
The restrictions are detailed in Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), and can be found at the UAS Data Display System (UDDS) website.
The FAA has urged operators to become familiar with the NOTAMs and to go to UDDS to help them comply with these FAA restrictions.
It is also considering additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific airspace restrictions using the agency’s § 99.7 authority as they are received.
The body confirmed that additional changes to these restrictions will be announced by the FAA as appropriate.