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Our caller is unsure if the law allows him to fly his drone over National Parks. While flying over National Parks is permissible, there are certain Do’s and Don’ts that you need to observe if you wish to stay out of trouble. You can also check our entire “Legalities” playlist by going here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9QgOnFmIV8gj2Akp0HHi2THDMwzx_HmH

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02:45 – Today’s question is about flying your drone over a National Park
03:25 – Should we be allowed to fly over National Parks?
05:03 – The need for drone pilots to behave responsibly while flying over National Parks
06:03 – NPS issues a clarification
07:34 – How can you fly your drone over a National Park without flouting the law?
09:48 – Does the NPS fly drones over National Parks?
10:44 – Is it legal to use signal boosters while flying?
12:29 – Discussing the need for a permitting system to enable flying over National Parks
14:53 – Are we doing enough to keep our National Parks clean?
15:28 – Paul sums up today episode

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19 replies
  1. Mike Mullis
    Mike Mullis says:

    If you can get the drone in and out without bothering wildlife and people, great. The problem I see is with the inevitable crashed drones. If you don't retrieve them, you've essentially littered. If you do attempt to retrieve it, you could do significant damage. There are a lot of places one should simply not even step. That's why they say stay on the trail. Example, walking on cryptobiotic soil crusts. Or imagine renting a Jeep and driving to a remote location in Death Valley like Racetrack Playa only so see footprints in it because someone walked on it when it was wet because they needed to retrieve their drone. Clearly, not every National Park is this fragile, but many are.

  2. Robert Morales
    Robert Morales says:

    Lawmakers in this country make me want to bang my head against the wall sometimes. It's ok for the government to use drones for domestic surveillance and drone strikes but we're the dangerous ones that have to be restricted and fill out permits? It will be interesting to see how relationships between our government and big companies like DJI work out. They are already using anti-drone devices to control drones and remove them from the sky. This is going to be the next hot debate topic after gun control since drones sales and use are on the rise here and across the world.

  3. Mike Cherney
    Mike Cherney says:

    It kind of stands to reason that they won't let drones in that would help find missing people immediately and with the limitations of 3000 feet you couldn't even find it being anything

  4. Stephen Wire
    Stephen Wire says:

    What about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? They state they can control who flies over lakes. CONCORD, Mass. – The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), such as drones, are prohibited on or above federal lands and waters managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. This prohibition applies regardless of the location of the operator.

  5. Airwolf
    Airwolf says:

    Can you OPERATE the sUAS WITHIN the boundaries of the NPS? I have had this question come up before. In otherwords, can you launch the sUAS outside the boundary, than, while it's flying begin to physically walk/drive etc. into the park itself and continue to fly the sUAS and then land the sUAS OUTSIDE the NPS!

  6. John Sheehan
    John Sheehan says:

    Stick to drones
    Leave the politics to cable news channels
    I took up this hobby to avoid this climate of partisan posturing
    I would rather listen to Paul discussing drone business and regulation than his determinations on "what is wrong with this country"


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