Keep your noisy drones out of national parks

Keep your noisy drones out of National Parks
By Sam Sabri on 20 Jun 2014 02:25 pm
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Looking forward to taking your drone to a National Park this summer? Well you're going to be a little bummed out to learn that the National Parks Service has just issued a sweeping ban on drones. This new policy will not allow any unmanned aircraft to launch, land or operate on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

Before today a few national parks had individually banned drones, but today's announcement applies to every single national park in the United States.

Why the ban? The NPS states that those flying drones are a noisy nuisance that disturb park-goers, park rangers and the wildlife.

Here's Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, on today's ban:

"We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care. However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."

This is a temporary measure until the NPS can figureout the best policy for drones and introduce permanent regulation.

Did you plan to fly any drones at a national park near you this summer?

Source: NPS Via: Gizmodo

Related: Drones News

Reader comments

Keep your noisy drones out of national parks

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So let me get this straight (not that I support the drones)... I can't fly a drone in a National Park because it is too "noisy." But... If I have a ridiculously loud motorcycle to make up for my small johnson, I can drive around like a toolbag all day and ruin the nature experience for everyone? I don't get it.

I'm, a big fan of drones - I'm currently building what's going to be my 8th multirotor drone. So I'm glad that it's temporary. Drones carrying cameras make a great way to record events like a visit to a national park.

On the other hand, they can be dangerous as well as noisy, so I understand the concern. Given that the FAA is still sorting out how they are going to be regulated, waiting until that's done makes sense. Hopefully they'll come up with something sane, like restricted them to specific areas (as currently done for off-road vehicles) and events where you've rented a large enough area to be safe, and maybe a licensing commercial operations like those that shoot popular white water rafting routes.