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Flying in national parks U.S.

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by Ramz, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Ramz

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    This might save you some trouble so listen up. I had a friend that decided to fly in a park. His phantom got away in high wind and he couldn't find it after searching for 2 days. Feeling good that if found it would be returned because he had his name and address on it. He went to the ranger station and guess what. They had his phantom along with a citation and a court date waiting for him. He doesn't get his Phantom back until after court date in December if then.
     
  2. GoodnNuff

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    Your friend didn't know it was illegal to fly a drone in a National Park?
     
  3. Clipper707

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    Just for the sake of argument, what if he was flying outside a National Park and it got away because the high winds blew it over National Park, where it then landed?
     
  4. GoodnNuff

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    If he flew in a wind so strong that it could actually blow a Phantom off course, he doesn't sound like a very smart pilot.

    But I suppose he might have to prove there was actually a wind that strong. I assume he is recording video? He would have a record of his launch site.

    I flown on some pretty windy days and never had a situation where I felt the wind was causing me to lose control.
     
  5. Ramz

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    He actually did not know it was illegal. Actually I don't know that its a law yet just and ordinance. I think it says you can't launch from a park and that is exactly what he did. He launched from the side of a mountain sheltered from the wind but when it got out in the wind sheer it was way stronger than anticipated.
     
  6. GoodnNuff

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    I've heard that it doesn't matter if you launch outside the park, once you are over the park, you are "operating within the park" which is not currently legal.

    You can google what has been happening at Yellowstone Park - several tourists fined hefty fines, and their drones confiscated.
     
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  8. dtitus6297

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    Is this also for state forests I wonder? I was just flying in one and posted my vid to u tube. Maybe I should take down the vids
     
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    You should check with the state park in question before flying, might be a good idea to remove the video until you know for certain.

    To the OP:
    I had posted here on the forum in another thread that I have a life long friend that is a Naturalist Ranger at Grand Canyon, and while talking with him about the ban on flying he informed me that Park Service is actively seeking videos on youtube for prosecution, and that they plan to litigate all cases to the fullest extent of the law...so your friend is in a **** ton of trouble.

    He needs an attorney that is well versed with the federal court system.
     
  10. GoodnNuff

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    National Forests and State Forests are not restricted. National Forests are quite different from National Parks.
     
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    im not from america but was there two months ago and asked at most national parks if i could fly, the ranger at grand canyon entrance told me it would be a good way to get into trouble with the law quickly. Such a shame as there was many parks i went to that were totally empty and well worth a flight but didnt want to risk it, saying that just outside a national park was fair game imo ;-)
     
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    They are also trying to assign designated areas for flying in some of the parks, but it'll take some time before that happens.
     
  13. dtitus6297

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    Ahhh thanks for the info. I'm not so nervous now GoodnNuff