Originally Posted by 90Duck
Some cool very recent aerial drone footage of Blossom starting just after the 1 minute mark of this video. You can see the frames and crap on the wrap rock.
Kind of a cool angle to see it from, although I'm wondering about the legality of using an aerial drone in the wilderness stretch. I know it would annoy the hell out of me to get buzzed by one of those things on the river.
Likely already illegal according to 36 CFR 261.18 (USFS)
36 CFR 261.18 - National Forest Wilderness. | LII / Legal Information Institute
43 CFR 6302.20 (e) (BLM):
43 CFR 6302.20 - What is prohibited in wilderness? | LII / Legal Information Institute
According to the BLM this includes remote controlled aircraft, like drones.
How they will choose to apply that rule....uncertain. I would guess they will try and piggyback off the NPS attempts to ban these crafts but maybe not until its been to court. Would be interesting to see if the BLM has ever levied fines against folks in the past for flying RACs before the newer generation of quadcopters took off in popularity. If so, I would think these video drones are done for in wilderness.
The video is also from a commercial company. No legal FAA issues there currently but I know the USFS and BLM often require permits for commercial filming.