Do's and Don'ts for Flying Your Drone over a National Park

Do's and Don'ts for Flying Your Drone over a National Park

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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 –

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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

Please watch: “How FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID for Drones Will Hurt Hobby Pilots or RC Pilots with Jon McBride”

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  1. Jose Villanueva on December 19, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Do these rules apply to California national parks? is legal to fly my drone over the national park if and only if launch and lands outside the park?

  2. Film Projects - L' ORAGE Productions on December 19, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Are those NPS rules still extant for flying as long as you take off and land from outside the park region?

  3. Gravity's Double Rainbow on December 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    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"

  4. Anthony Kosobud on December 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    45 seconds of value in a 18-minute video!

  5. Jerad Larkin on December 19, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Wow amazing shots! I can’t wait to get back to Europe again with my drone and DSLR and shoot some more videos! 😀

  6. Clay Shannon on December 19, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Can a sub 250g drone fly in national Park?

  7. Robert Pomerleau on December 19, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the clarification of the NPS and for your videos that helped me pass my Part 107 recently!

  8. Airwolf on December 19, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    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!

  9. JC 4 Evur on December 19, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Fly your drone over the park just don’t crash it within park borders

  10. Lonnie Christopher on December 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Where is this information on the NPS site so we can reference it?

  11. Uncle Fjester on December 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    My 3rd grader has a deeper voice than the guy on the right.
    Tinkerbell, come out of the closet!

  12. Luke Ferguson on December 19, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Quick question. Is there a website out there for a list great locations outside National parks to launch your drive?

  13. Michael Philip on December 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    That laugh…..

  14. Stephen Wire on December 19, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    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.

  15. Matthew Hinman on December 19, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    02:51 "I downloaded AirMap". Please, pilots, stop using AirMap! They are working against the drone industry!

  16. Robinson Harvey on December 19, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    The national parks are the people’s property just maintained by the park service for the people same as public land blm just maintains it for the people

  17. Alex Alvie Adams on December 19, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    You guys are great love the content. You should not be using a plastic water bottle. Help save the planet, try a reusable one. Just a suggestion. Keep up the good videos

  18. Michael Philip on December 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Take off and land outside the park whilst flying over it. Easy

  19. Phantom HodgesDrone on December 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    question about flying over the park, what happens if you have to do a emergency land inside park, can you retrieve drone?

  20. Robinson Harvey on December 19, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Maybe the government should go bankrupt no more park service or blm

  21. Sree Addala on December 19, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    BS you talk

  22. Tyler Nelson on December 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    it looks like circular polarized antennas to get better video range, it doesnt look like a booster module. I think if its over 1 watt then you need a HAM liscence

  23. Dbj5555555 on December 19, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Only problem is DJI will stop your Drone and auto land your drone and shut it down it when you enter the park. Crash risk!

  24. Sin D on December 19, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like drones operators are jealous of NPS rangers.

  25. Mike Cherney on December 19, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    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

  26. Robert Morales on December 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    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.

  27. David Buxton on December 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    In one of your sessions you talked about being told at the entrance of a national park that ~"drones are not allowed here, airplanes can fly over there". Most likely it is an established Model Aviation (AMA) flying field. Pilots must be AMA members to fly there and the AMA is enthusiastic in their support of quad copters and FPV aircraft. The FAA has been working with each of these flying fields to get them on the map (e.g. the AIRMAP app) as designated flying fields. These AMA sites have worked out an established boundary with the FAA.

  28. Robinson Harvey on December 19, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Your not breaking the law when you make and enforce the law

  29. Discipleship etc — Josh Hunt. on December 19, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    You  should start a petition to make it legal to fly over our national parks!

  30. Mike Mullis on December 19, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    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.

  31. dmcgreg on December 19, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    "Mature regulatory environment" is one hell of an euphemism…..over-reaching bureaucratic monster works as well.

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