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USA national parks drone free zones

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by usaken, May 6, 2014.

  1. usaken

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    Seems to me that many of our national parks and monuments have rules prohibiting drones. Is this something that applies to all national parks? Just curious. Thanks
     
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    it won't be long before there are more , but not all at this time .
     
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    If parks ban wheeled powered vehicles then powered vehicles without wheels are hard to find exception.
     
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    Besides Yosemite, what other park has banned drones?

    U.M.
     
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    According to a NPS spokesman the same regulation cited for Yosemite applies to all NPs and drones are banned in all NPs.
     
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    After hearing about Yosemite, I started looking at the homepages of other NPs (particularly in CA where I live) and noticed that Point Reyes has a notice about drones but that Sequoia and Kings Canyon says nothing about them. So I wonder if they haven't been banned there yet? Zion NP in Utah has a notice on their site saying they're banned.
     
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    ""The ... regulations cited at Yosemite apply at all units of the National Park System," spokesman John Quincy said in an e-mail to CNN."

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/tech/inno ... rones-ban/

    It's a questionable application of an existing regulation but most folks won't want to fight it.
     
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    Zion has had a ban as has Grand Canyon

    http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/droneharassesbhs.htm
     
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    I had a long exchange via email with the head park ranger for Gettysburg NP. They do not allow the operation of radio controlled devices. If you are shooting commercially then they would make an exception if you pay $50, apply for a permit and then pay the hourly rate of a park ranger to supervise your shoot to ensure you are not causing damage or displacing any wildlife. I agree with the previous poster that NP's are so vast that its difficult to police and if you happen to be caught then the most you get is a polite "that's not allowed here".
     
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    I think that in general the safest route is to assume that flying is not permitted in a park unless you have express authorization. This will not sit well with "Don't tread on me" crowd, but so it goes.
     
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    Only a matter of time now before they ban us from flying in our local city parks. Might as well sell our equipment now. Soon we will only be allowed to fly on private property. :evil:

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    Well, don't be surprised if that is already the case. I live in Southern California, and in every County and most cities around here it is not permitted to fly RC aircraft in a park except as authorized by the Parks Supervisor.

    For instance, here is the Orange County, CA regulation:

     
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    Re: USA national parks drone free zones?

    Thanks for all your replies. I guess the same applies to national recreation areas and monuments?