Can I Fly My Drone Over a National Park If I Take Off From a Private Property?

Our caller, Adam has come up with an interesting question about flying drones in national parks. While we know that taking off and landing your drone in national parks is prohibited by the law, can you fly from private property inside a national park? And will you get in trouble with the NPS in case of an emergency landing?

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09:58 – Today’s question is about flying over national parks
10:36 – Can you take off from private land in the national park?
14:15 – Can you get into trouble with the NPS if case of an emergency landing in a national park?
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  1. Dong Won Lee on September 22, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Question! If you park your vehicle at a National Park and launch your drone from your truck bed cover, is that technically considered launching from a private property? 😂

  2. Chad Karlewicz on September 22, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Where do I find info about the live stream Mapping Bootcamp?

  3. Tim Lenker on September 22, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Just downloaded the field kit. How often is this updated?

  4. Paul Shampay on September 22, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Have you talked about this…"a draft executive order (EO) circulating inside the White House would impose new restrictions on a wide swath of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) made in China or using Chinese components. In addition to banning essentially all U.S. government procurement and operation of new and existing covered UAS, the EO would also prohibit anyone from operating a covered UAS for hire over federally managed lands—a status that applies to roughly 27 percent of the country"

  5. Jon M on September 22, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I am going to West Virginia this summer and I am going to the new river gorge and want to fly my drone but IST an National parks

  6. Sam Casale Photography on September 22, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Hey guys – I dont know if you can address this but there are HUGE differences between the DJI Flysafe maps and Airmap in terms of areas where you can or can not fly.

  7. Moss Photography on September 22, 2020 at 11:40 am

    The emergency 107 clause doesn’t apply in NPS rules. They can still ticket you for "landing" on NPS property. Two totally different areas of law. Not interchangeable.

  8. David Maxwell on September 22, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Sure you had to land because of an flight issue, but did you INTEND to land on NPS land. In law, it’s all about intent.

  9. fuzzlestick on September 22, 2020 at 11:57 am

    11 mins. until subject of video was talked about. I suggest getting to the subject question first, everything else after.

  10. david060383 on September 22, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Did that question come from Jesse Spencer, the actor? Totally sounded like his voice.

  11. Space_Coast_Snapshots on September 22, 2020 at 11:59 am

    I would say yes but line of sight is major

  12. Mirtha Koch on September 22, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    To launch a drone from property outside a national or state park is not much help if, to reach interesting landmarks, one must fly beyond visual line of sight, which is illegal. Many parks have "islands" of private property inside their boundaries, but to find or contact the owners for permission may not be easy.

  13. Justin Roysdon on September 22, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    So… if you could lauch legally (and safely) from an aircraft (helicopter for example), you could in theory fly over the park and follow it. Or… if you are in a diplomats car (technically another country) you could launch and follow in the car.

  14. Larry Schad on September 22, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I imagine the 1000 feet or so of VLOS that you could fly from private property is not going to get you into the jewel of the NP. I fly next to wilderness areas and their rules are similar, however it is suggested to keep the aircraft 2000 ft+ AGL. The suggestion was for manned aircraft, however that is frequently broken by the helicopter tour guides.

  15. TAPP Channel on September 22, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    what about if you take off from the public street outside of the park??

  16. The Shortening of the Way on September 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Just fly. Fly safely, but just fly. You will get great footage, have a blast flying your drone, and no one will be hurt.

  17. jose perez on September 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks JoP

  18. Curtis Scholl on September 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Wow, can ya’ get to the point please?
    Not very considerate to ‘DRONE’ on and on and on . . .

  19. JCL Aerial Services on September 22, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    So helpful!! Thank you for the deep amount of knowledge you guys know about these laws. I am always very impressed! I definitely thought this was going to be a NO, thanks for answering!

  20. Bones Byfield on September 22, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    In reference to flying over a National Park. Make sure you are NOT flying over, under, or within groups of any wildlife. Authorities will say and site you for harassing the wildlife. confiscation of drone, court, and big fines.

  21. BC on September 22, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    After 8 minutes and you still didn’t answer yes or no I lost interest and left your site. As I understand it you cannot fly over a national park regardless from where you took off from. Try researching vs repeating hearsay. Thanks.

  22. Patrick PJ Cook on September 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    FYI: I booked a guided tour at Gettysburg, PA and the Park Ranger that we had giving us the private tour answered my question and told me the
    small Battlefield Military Museum (NOT the main Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center) that is located in the Northern end of the National Park was Private property and I could launch from their parking lot. I did and flew up vertically and simply did a nice 360 looking outward filming with my inspire and respected the park tourists and did not fly over them or buzz near them. I was just happy to get the footage. Never thought I could fly and film there.

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