Special Flight Rules Areas in Skyward
On the Skyward map, SFRAs are orange shapes. You can click within the SFRA to find more information on the airspace card.
SFRAs are permanent areas that usually prohibit drone flights within their airspace. Do not fly a drone in a special Flight Rules Area without explicit permission.
Here are a few major SFRAs in the U.S.
Washington, D.C. SFRA
The airspace around Washington, D.C. is covered by two SFRAs for national security reasons.
Hudson River SFRA
The airspace along the Hudson River is covered by an SFRA due to a tragic low-altitude aviation collision.
Other Special Flight Rules Areas
While this is not a complete list, other SFRAs that affect drone flights include the airspace around:
- Grand Canyon
- Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, AZ
- Niagara Falls
- Valparaiso, Florida
Once again: Do not fly drones in an SFRA without explicit permission.
For expert aviators who need to fly drones in an SFRA:
If you are flying a mission that requires you to operate within an SFRA, contact the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for the steps required to gain authorization. You can find the location and contact information for the office you need on the FAA website.