I Flew in a National Park (And This Happened!)

I Flew in a National Park (And This Happened!)

I flew in a national park with my drone and I got fined! Watch as I call the park ranger that issued the fine and I try to get answers.

Here is the video: https://youtu.be/r3p1hFSb_8A
A couple years ago I flew my phantom standard 3 in the Mojave National Preserve in California at Zzyzx Road. After editing and sharing the video, a year later I got an envelope with a fine in it sent to me in the mail from that national preserve. I mistakenly didn’t check to see if I was flying my drone in a national park when I made that video and I had to pay the consequences.

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  1. Hannah Mansfield on November 18, 2021 at 10:02 am

    how annoying, i would hate hearing that little buzz flying past my ear where i am trying to enjoy nature. piss off

  2. Bob Wortman on November 18, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Keep in mind that you must maintain a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above the surface of lands and waters of U.S. Forest Service Wilderness area per FAA rules.

  3. Carmelo Treviso on November 18, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Damn invasion of privacy is what it is.

  4. Razi on November 18, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Very insightful thanks for sharing this and helping us all avoid this mistake. What’s the name of the app that helps you know where you can fly your drone?

  5. Doug Brewer on November 18, 2021 at 10:05 am

    They just want to make money as usual. Public safety…bullshit

  6. Chris Ward on November 18, 2021 at 10:07 am

    That’s for sharing this. I’m new to this so my question is WHY do they make it illegal?

  7. Urban Outdoorsman on November 18, 2021 at 10:10 am

    My guess? Someone YOU know ratted you out. That’s how they got your info. As for the fine and such from MNP.. I’m not surprised here. That park is highly watched online and they do all kind of karen reporting of anything they see…. She knew all the answers to your questions.. but just played dumb as she was taught to do. Earned a Sub from me. I have the Mavic 2 Air and I plan on flying in a bunch of parks but taking off from outside the park of course

  8. Stoneburner Drone Service on November 18, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I would go back there and fly again, this time just outside the boundary. 😁

  9. Аndrew B on November 18, 2021 at 10:11 am

    How much was the fine?

  10. KRUSER on November 18, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Have you ever experienced something like this before? OR what’re your thoughts on this?

  11. Mar S on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 am

    The government is watching your every move now, you set your self up. From now on they will be watching your every move now.

  12. Ferdinando Bernasconi on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 am

    To make a long story short, she has nil idea about your specific situation nor on the legal matter which pertains to such cases.
    Once you add on the description, that you cannot operate inside the boundary of the preserve and you have been fined for doing so, nobody can tell you anything.
    youtube is full of videos showing people breaking the law.

  13. Jeffrey Sonders on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 am

    YT probably helped to get you busted!

  14. Ruben Lugo jr on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 am

    It’s to keep bigfoot a secret lol

  15. Michael Rascon on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Why is it wrong to do? Privacy?

  16. Sean Joynt on November 18, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience, this is super helpful for new drone pilots! Crazy..I’ve driven past that road probably 50 times but never actually checked out whats down there. Good stuff 👍

  17. Robert Taylor on November 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Sorry you’re totally wrong you cannot take off with your drone from outside the park and fly into it I know someone personally who has gotten $1,000 fine for that
    And that’s why he said he was legal but he was not so you told the public the wrong information

  18. JKDrift on November 18, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Such stupid rules…Like what’s the difference where you operate? Oh no, you’re a criminal – you took off 30 centimetres inside the zone….

  19. Kevin Wallace on November 18, 2021 at 10:20 am


  20. Justin on November 18, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Probably found you through your IP address associated with uploading the video. And from there went to the internet provider to get the customer information.

  21. Kathy Weigel on November 18, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Flying a drone in the middle of a desert, park or not, should be allowed. Of all the problems the government should enforce this is stupid waste of resources. “Criminal” activity???? Seriously? What a bunch of ignorant government bullshit

  22. Cybercat 2077 on November 18, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Bruh what happen if you post drone photos of national parks on Instagram? Not my photo

  23. Creative Mofoo on November 18, 2021 at 10:25 am

    You’ve already paid the ticket. They can’t give you another for the same incident.

  24. Mekkaman on November 18, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Some ways I can think of how they found you are; a possible glimpse of your license plate in another one of your videos, an aerial shot of you taking off from your house (you may have mentioned your location) or facial recognition through the DMV database. I have not watched your videos so I’m just speculating here.

  25. Zona Camp & Hike on November 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing very helpful!

  26. Ray Kelly on November 18, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Interesting. Sorry you received a ticket as you are a responsible drone pilot.

  27. Rick Wagner on November 18, 2021 at 10:30 am

    What a waste of my time. I learned absolutely nothing. 11 minutes of my life wasted.

  28. Javier Molina on November 18, 2021 at 10:33 am

    What app did you use to check the fly and no-fly boundaries?

  29. Mar S on November 18, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Funny thing with social media now, idiots film them selfs to pretty much get caught, other people post criminal stuff on social media and get caught!. 🤦🏽‍♂️😂

  30. phoneguylms on November 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

    It’s interesting for me to hear some thing about Zzyzx after all these years. When I was a kid, late 1950 or early 1960s, my grandparents took my family out to Zzyzx and all I remember is learning it was a health spa or something like that I think my grandmother bought some of their vitamins or supplements. I don’t remember going into any Hot Springs but I’m thinking it was known for that.

  31. Lance on November 18, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Under the Fifth Amendment, an individual cannot be tried twice for the same crime. This means that if you went to trial and were acquitted, the prosecution can’t try the same case against you again. It also means that you can’t be punished twice for the same crime.

  32. Sam C on November 18, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Renegade !! Hahaha nice footage

  33. yackawaytube on November 18, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Bad advice about lying to the cops where you took off. Never lie to the cops, because that alone is a crime. You have the right to remain silence, but not the right to lie

  34. Andrew Ydna DuBuc on November 18, 2021 at 10:40 am

    huh I wonder about that "posting video of a criminal act" stuff. I would think that it’s more of an issue of avoiding further hassle in the future.

  35. Snail Tek on November 18, 2021 at 10:40 am

    How much is the fine?

  36. arlo4823 on November 18, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for sharing your story. Almost drove out there myself just to fly.

  37. Champs Visions 3D on November 18, 2021 at 10:44 am

    not criminal because no one was hurt but it was illigal. and you broke a rule witch was punishable by a find. Dont use the word criminal until some one is being hurt.

  38. Boyd River on November 18, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Bad luck. A simple request for your ISP though YT got your details, but why would not taking it down get you another citation? They know you’ve been dealt with and have a record. That’s a little like saying you were filmed doing a robbery, went to prison for the crime, came out and the video was shown again on TV so they send you back to prison! Surely even in the USA you can’t be convicted of the same crime twice? Also, were you really cited for a misdemeanour 17 months after you committed it? Isn’t there some sort of statute of limitations on misdemeanours? I hope you did not get caught by a speed camera back then or another tickets on its way!

  39. Jim Collins on November 18, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Great information. The self gloss got you busted. haha. Interesting information.

  40. Monarch Estates on November 18, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Its because they dont want you to discover big foot

  41. DroneXL on November 18, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Good video! Thanks for sharing.

  42. vmaxfodder on November 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

    it’s Zii /zex just like on the old time video . ..

  43. Enrique Vasquez on November 18, 2021 at 10:53 am

    does it go on your record like for background checks?

  44. RK Travel and Sports on November 18, 2021 at 10:55 am

    helpful video bro thx but l have one question please can you tell me how can I make a nice video with the drone from National Park without getting a ticket?

  45. Bryan Cabrera on November 18, 2021 at 10:57 am

    What happens if you don’t pay the citation? Are the park rangers coming for you?

  46. Alien Drones on November 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

    A year and a half later, that’s interesting. I think that if there is a criminal investigation, any business can be compelled to give up your personal information and will likely do so without any hesitation. Lesson learned I guess, could have been a lot more expensive, though for that dust bowl of a national park they should have paid you a royalty for posting a video of it instead of a fine. Good Flying!

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