Drone Rules Discussion – Drone Registration | Flying Over National Parks

Drone Rules Discussion – Drone Registration | Flying Over National Parks

What happens if you don’t register your drone? Do you need to register again if you get your Part 107? Can you fly a drone over National Parks? This video discusses those questions and I tell you the number 1 goal I have for all of you for 2022.

Register your drone here: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/
National Park Service Drone Rules: https://www.nps.gov/articles/unmanned-aircraft-in-the-national-parks.htm

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  1. Rick Woodard on June 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I have a question I can’t find a answer to. I registered my drone now I want to sell it and upgrade. Everywhere I go it tells me I don’t have to unregister it just remove the sticker. It doesn’t make sense just because I’ve removed the sticker it doesn’t take away my registration with serial number that I sent to the faa

  2. Making Everything Unreal on June 10, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Hi, I would like to know if this is legal to do? I understand there is a 400 ft rule, but if there is a mountain, and it is say 1100 feet tall, can you legally fly beyond the 400 ft mark to go up the mountain? See the video I’m talking about here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdgmRkInNn0&t=902s Thanks for any input. I would say, no, you can not go beyond the 400 ft but I’m unsure now that I seen that video<?> Thanks! – Designer Will

  3. Curtis Marean on June 10, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Here’s one for you, a Drone that is under 250g in weight, do you still need certification?

  4. Terry Shrives on June 10, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Most the FAA laws and rules, especially remote id, is nothing short of communism period. I’m sick of it.

  5. Daniel J on June 10, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    My biggest problem with the national parks rule is that it seems like it was just an overbearing knee jerk power move to a problem they didn’t even fully grasp. Drones are much more reliable and much quieter than when the rule went into effect. Pilots are also by and large more aware and responsible. They could’ve handed out day passes for a small fee and only so many per day to limit the activity. They could require a part 107. Something? Anything? Nope. Just completely banning people from capturing some of the most beautiful scenery on earth from the sky. This forces people to do things outside the box and compromise safety. Like flying 2 miles into a park from the edge. It’s time the NPS revisit this illogical ban.

  6. Dan Ferrel on June 10, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Check your airspace. Some National Parks have flight restrictions for all aircraft over them.

  7. J Bennett on June 10, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t mind a talking head video. Sometimes I don’t want to be distracted from the information being presented.

    As for Tik Tok, I’ll probably be making an account there, so I’ve got no beef with you being a Tik Tokker. It’s not like you’re rustling cattle or stealing plutonium or wearing sandals with socks.

  8. Deaf Mac Boi on June 10, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    If you live in Los Angeles area then you can forget about buying a drone. There are no place you can fly your drone here unless you can afford to travel far away. 😭

  9. Edgardo Cordero on June 10, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Great video! Thanks for all the information!

  10. Ralph Valenzuela on June 10, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Very informational. Thank you Russ for explaining the FAA drone rules.

  11. Gregg Kerber on June 10, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Great video and solid advice. Breaking rules IS NOT the way to change a rule. Like you said, it only makes it worse for all of us who follow the rules.

  12. Todd Johnson on June 10, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    whyen i called to ask if I could fly over my STATE park, with a lake. They said I couldn’t. faa fly safe map says I can. Their reason was because it was a rule with the beura of reclimation, because the lake had a Dam, and supplied the city’s drinking water, It was considered critical infastructre, and I couldn’t fly anywhere in the entire lake, even 10 miles away from the dam itself. when I read the state law, it said I could fly there, as long as I didn’t fly close enough to effect daily operations. . . the park rangers were totally anti drone. It kinda ruined it for me. I really wanted to fly over the lake I grew up at as a kid.. 🙁

  13. Thomas Tauscher on June 10, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Good work.

  14. sandb on June 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    6:43 "…something that would ruin the majesty of our national parks."

    Disagree. It may seem like a drone would harsh the tranquility and natural beauty of a national park but in fact the occasional drone is nowhere near the disruption of a constant stream of cars or motorcycles or crowds people or blaring loud music or jam packed parking lots or tour operators flying Cessnas overhead. Arches NP comes to mind or Horseshoe Bend in Page AZ. If it were a dozen drones buzzing around endlessly near visitors (and animals), yes that would be highly undesirable but this never happens even outside of NPs. Lots of anti-drone sentiment from *imagined* catastrophes.

  15. Todd Johnson on June 10, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Here is a good question, it is illigal for me to take a picture or video of someone in their back yard I’m pretty sure, but what if I’m just flying over, and looking but not recording or taking a video ?

  16. wb8cxo on June 10, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Well… It’s always something. Take a great hobby and make it available to the MASSES, they will screw it up and cause the FAA to make rules in an effort to control things. Effective??? who knows. The FAA rules don’t stop those General Aviation pilots from crashing airplanes, killing themselves. Overall a great vid describing (in a way we can easily understand) the rules! Thanks!

  17. - on June 10, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Remember kids you’re flying where you.took off / where you land. National parks don’t have control over airspace, so the location of the drone itself is outside their powers.

  18. Jose Yabut on June 10, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    If they can’t follow rules & regulations , better not to buy or fly drones … it’s more safer to everyone…

  19. Your happy uncle on June 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Can the FAA track my drone and info if I bought it used?

  20. GFP-Gold Finders Prospecting on June 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Quick fix have a two week period at parks where drones can fly

  21. J Bennett on June 10, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    One more thing, I like the idea of getting the Part 107 certificate. It means you’re an actual pilot. Okay, you’re just a remote pilot, not a "Top Gun" pilot-pilot with a bomber jacket and serious sunglasses, but it’s still kind of cool. When I pass the exam, I might even get the jacket and sunglasses and maybe an aviation headset to complete the look.

  22. Perry Pelican on June 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I agree with you because I care about more that what I want to do at the moment. But most humans these days don’t care about anyone but themselves. I see that attitude all the time, everywhere I go. The best example is when driving my car. When I started driving, a million years ago, people cared about other cars on the road. Today, it’s the exception to find an aware, caring driver. Most drone pilots also drive cars. Our society has changed so much negatively. Anyway, like I said, I agree with you, but I’m afraid that the selfishness of our society in general will screw up our drone experience, just like we screw up everything else in the name of trendiness and fashion and what we call personal freedom. What about the collective personal freedom of humanity? That’s nice, as long as I get exactly what I want. Me me me and me.

  23. TC on June 10, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    IMO, those are pretty weak arguments about not flying over a park. Firstly, the "majesty" of the parks has been ruined long ago with unlimited visitors, lines of cars, people driving loud vehicles, people getting too close to animals, etc. A slight buzzing sound from a couple of hundred feet in the air is one of the least disturbing things you’ll experience around the more congested areas of the park. In fact, pretty much guaranteed a drone would be quieter than any typical vehicle travelling on the roads within the park. And for the non-congested areas, it simply wouldn’t occur enough to be an issue. Also, the argument that you have to travel deep inside a park to have great views is really silly. Anyway, I agree with not allowing people to operate drones in the park, but I think that doing some fly-overs from just outside the borders is a great compromise. There’s huge opportunities for great video and images doing this, while still following the law.

  24. Todd Keyser on June 10, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I love vids that talk about the rules. Mostly because I want to be responsible even if others do not. I would LOVE to fly over the massive train yard in my city. From watching one of your earlier vids I know that I cannot. I appreciate that!
    Also, consider making a youtube vid to show a consolidation of every 5 or so part107 tiktoks. For folks that want the info right away there’s tiktok. For the more luddite-inclined, they can catch up on YT later. You reach a wider audience, more people are educated, and you’ll get fewer complaints. A win for everyone!

  25. Todd Johnson on June 10, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    umm, my option to toggle off remote id, disappeared a few updates ago for my DJI Mini 2.

  26. Joshua C. on June 10, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    VLOS is a very simple rule.
    Watch. Your. Damn. Drone. Not your damn viewscreen.
    It is also why I’m likely leaving drones.
    FPV is so much fun. But FPV is illegal. There are only maybe three viewscreens available that aren’t goggles that block your VLOS.
    After flying acro craft, cambirds just aren’t as much fun anymore.
    Also, I still think DJI needs to add a disarm switch or button. The "emergency stop" stick command needs over a second to trigger. In an emergency that is way too long.

  27. Hank Heim on June 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Russ, what the the green circles on AirMap stand for?

  28. Brad Noble on June 10, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Russian love your video. Well done!
    My question is… Is a National Recreation Park a legal place to launch and land a mini 2 Drone.
    Thanks for your time

  29. Shayan on June 10, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    the more you "comply" the more they want.

  30. RenaissanceMan929 on June 10, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    IMHO the RC Hobbyists who fly quadcopters, tricopters , hexcopters , etc. would be SOOOOoo much better off if no one had ever started calling their "toys" DRONES to begin with.

  31. Erica Pelz on June 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    TikTok isn’t that different from YouTube. There is quality content and garbage; it’s up to us to decide what we watch. Great video.

  32. James Mauro on June 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Could you fly in state parks

  33. Brian Pimental on June 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Can you get a permit for the parks?

  34. Russell Schundler on June 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I religiously follow the rules including a very conservative interpretation of the line-of-sight rule. BUT … I think there should be some kind of organization that could represent drone flyers in legal matters and when it comes to government legislation. If drone pilots pay taxes that support national parks, it is only fair that some time, maybe Wednesday mornings, should be open to drone flights; maybe 1/2 day every other week; maybe 1/2 a month … or some representative portion of time.

  35. james bruce on June 10, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks Russ. ON the issue of National Parks, some people are not aware that the rules apply to other National Wildlife reserves as well. I recently had to fly a mission for a client (Part 107) on a property that bordered a wildlife refuge, after a lot of effort, I found that flying over the reserve would be a big no, even though I was photographing another property. The deputy secretary of the interior was clear that if my drone landed on reserve property, there would be consequences, hence I was super careful to not allow flight anywhere close to the fence line.

  36. Dexxter on June 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I was/am in the market for a Mini 3 pro but it seems that you cannot fly a drone anywhere nowadays. All (national) parks are off limits. Cities are off limits.. What the point? Filming my backyard? it’s a shame

  37. Jose Arrom on June 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Miissing point: Don’r you need to register your drone for LAANC clearance?

  38. David Drummond on June 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    As much as I’d love to be able to get some sky imagery from NPs, I also am one that truly appreciates the ability to get away from most technology as well. I’m trying to figure out now if it’s now allowed in Texas State Parks. They had rules against it, prominently on their website, but mentions of it seem to be vanishing in light of the Texas 423 drone law being struck down.

  39. Geoff Tac on June 10, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    These laws have killed this hobby.

  40. Alan Kowalski on June 10, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Hey, so I reached out with a question via instagram the other day, and you replied. I’m not new to the drone hobby but a regular either. I am always respectful when flying and never want to cause issues. I am looking in the near future to start flying “professionally”. In the past I have had some friction with local law or townships. I purposely try to fly where there aren’t people around because I don’t want an accident if any kind. But maybe a video with some best practices of how to handle situations like that, or avoid them, etc.. Evan something about what our rights are, or if there are any resources that we have to defend ourselves etc. I know that this could probably be a tough topic, but it just makes me nervous. I’m not near any state parks or anything of that nature.

  41. Joseph McKenzie on June 10, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Dude, I like all your videos. B-roll or no b-roll great videos and great information. Thank you

  42. jakthebomb on June 10, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Your Hypothetical is BS at best, no drone has led to an actual injury. The Registration law is BS and I will never comply with it. The FAA overstepped and is regulating our hobby into the ground. Instead of being a FAA mouthpiece you should tell it like it is, BS.

  43. Paul Schwab on June 10, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I have been traveling out west recently. I found myself in the Tonto National Forest, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. I spent hours researching these tracts of land protected/managed by the Federal Government and could find nothing that covers drone launch/operations inside a non-park. There are six National Forests in Arizona and they cover 15% of the state. The Tonto NF covers 2.9 million acres alone.

    Do you know if there are any rules, regulations or laws that prohibit the launch/landing of a drone from these tracts of federal land that are not "National Parks"?

  44. I’M All IN on June 10, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    What happens if I’ll fly my drone at national park ? How much fine would be ? Thank You

  45. Michael Klamm on June 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    You give very good advice, Russ. Keep up the good work. I appreciate it very much. If more people followed the rules, the world would be a much better place for all of us.

  46. Eric Sparkman on June 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I wish with the part 107 you could apply at like 600 feet, I’ve seen illegal flight videos of drones flying way above 400feet/120m so the drone can handle way more than what’s allowed.

  47. Nacho Rolling on June 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Not to mention the air space over many parks have helicopter tours. Very busy tours.

  48. Pern Amore on June 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    If I have multiple drones, do all of them have to have my reg numbers on both drones? TIA.

  49. jungle bud on June 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    This guy thinks everyone is going to be flying a drone at the same time every day and the sky is constantly going to be filled w drones. Dumb.

  50. EbonySeraphim on June 10, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I’m still trying to understand if just about every FPV YouTube pilot in the U.S. violates the VLOS rules. I see them all the time behind obstacles (buildings), or long range where though the transmitter may technically be in line of sight, and the pilot "knows" where the quad is, there’s no way the pilot actually spots it visually. A local RC club in my area goes so far as to say that simply having FPV googles on is immediately an VLOS issue even if the drone is very close in area in front of you, so all FPV flights have to have another legal spotter.

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