The National Park Service announced Friday it is prohibiting drones -- properly called unmanned aircraft -- from all NPS-controlled lands and waters. That includes 84 million acres in every state and territory, including monuments, battlefields, historic sites, seashores, rivers and trails.
It all comes down to noise and safety, said Director Jonathan Jarvis in a statement announcing the policy.
"We have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy," Jarvis said.
A lawyer who represents drone enthusiasts called the NPS' temporary ban "overly broad" and said he expects it will be greatly narrowed when it goes through the federal rule-making process.
And volunteers at Zion National Park in Utah witnessed a drone disturb a herd of bighorn sheep.
Why not do the entire river? Post the low resolution version on Youtube; Offer up the high resolution version for $29.99.With all the talk about drones being considered for commercial and recreational applications, what do buzz members think about using them to scout rapids?
Drone delivered Pizza?Like most of the gadgets now available to many of us, the use of these drones makes me wonder just what is the best use of them.