- 5 nautical miles (NM) from an airport having
an operational control tower; or
- 3 NM from an airport with a published
instrument flight procedure, but not an
operational tower; or
- 2 NM from an airport without a published
instrument flight procedure or an operational
NM from a heliport with a published instrument
The “blanket” 200-foot COA allows flights
anywhere in the country except restricted
airspace and other areas, such as major cities,
where the FAA prohibits UAS operations.
Previously, an operator had to apply for and
receive a COA for a particular block of
airspace, a process that can take 60 days.
The agency expects the new policy will allow
companies and individuals who want to use UAS
within these limitations to start flying much
more quickly than before. Section 333 exemption
holders will automatically receive a “blanket”
200 foot COA.