Where can I fly a drone in Knox County?

Photo courtesy of KOVR
Photo courtesy of KOVR(WVLT)
Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 4:02 PM EST
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Did Santa leave a drone underneath your family's Christmas tree? There's more research to do before the aerial vehicle takes flight.

A professional drone pilot told Local 8 News that checking the FAA Data Map is a must before flying a drone.

According to the FAA UAS Data Map, parts of Knox County blanketed under the Sequoyah Hills/Marble City area all the way to Hodges Ferry Road in East Knoxville are off-limits for flying without an FAA exemption. The map says parts of Knox County a couple miles past Knoxville Center all the way down to the outskirts of I.C. King Park are also restricted from flight without the exemption.

The FAA also barred drone pilots from flying in national parks. Oak Ridge National Laboratory was marked as a no-fly zone as well.

Drone experts said the best way to check your area is by looking at the FAA UAS Data Map found