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My favorite park in Utah. So incredibly beautiful. Drone footage takeoff/landing from outside park near Tropic, Utah. Interior park shots taken with DJI Osmo Pocket.
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  1. Kenneth Frantz, Summit Peak Drones
    Kenneth Frantz, Summit Peak Drones says:

    For those that do not understand how one can legally overfly our parks and wilderness, please read this: The NPS/BLM,NFS etc. can and do legally ban drone possession, operation, takeoff and landings from wilderness, national parks and most monuments lands. However, they do not control the airspace. Airspace is the exclusive domain of the FAA. As a private pilot and licensed commercial drone pilot, understanding drone FAA rules is key. Basically, in order to do what I have done, one needs to "overfly" but "never fly from the ground" in these protected areas. Think about helicopters or small aircraft flying over a park……….no problem correct? (with the one exception being the Grand Canyon which is an FAA no fly zone to 18,000 feet). Think of a drone as a private small aircraft. It is. The NPS lobbied the FAA to create no fly zones over all parks and wilderness. The FAA thankfully rejected that request, and instead decided to notice pilots on ATC charts to fly no lower than 2,000 ft AGL……….however, this is not a requirement, but a recommendation (see ATC charts). Obviously drone pilots, even if they wanted to, could not comply due to our 400 feet AGL limit. To comply with the spirit of that recommendation, I try to fly at 200+ ft AGL which keeps my decibel level below 43db, compared to 65 db for helicopters at 2,000 feet. Also, of course, if drone pilots are caught harassing wildlife or filming hikers, they are going to get fined or worse. I use the "leave no trace" rule when overflying parks and wilderness. Just like hikers must insure that the land is left untouched when they depart, I insure that I fly in such a manner that does the same. On 95% of my flights, no one sees me, no one hears me……this is the ideal. Before I flew to Arizona to film these 40+ videos, I spent 3 weeks researching boundaries, airspace, regs, etc. At each film location I had a packet of all applicable charts and data. Welcome to the regulatory USA! If you want to learn more, please feel free to call me at 804-815-1931.

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  2. K Patrick
    K Patrick says:

    Ken, I watched your border wall video and it was fabulous! That is what brought me here. I am a licensed drone pilot as well. How did you obtain permission to fly in these National Parks? I am referring to Bryce as well as Monument Valley. I haven’t yet checked out your other videos. It is illegal to fly drones within National Park borders. I’d like to fly there as well and would like to know how you gained approval. Please share.
    Thanks!

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