Want a nearer glance at the Statue of Liberty or Mount Rushmore? Feel twice about flying a drone there.
Starting off Oct. five, the government is cracking down on unmanned aerial vehicle use in the vicinity of ten nationwide monuments.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Section of the Interior (DOI) past 7 days agreed to prohibit drone flights up to four hundred feet in the lateral boundaries of these websites:
- Statue of Liberty Nationwide Monument (New York, NY)
- Boston Nationwide Historic Park (U.S.S. Constitution) (Boston, Mass.)
- Independence Nationwide Historic Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Folsom Dam (Folsom, Calif.)
- Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell, Ariz.)
- Grand Coulee Dam (Grand Coulee, Wash.)
- Hoover Dam (Boulder Metropolis, Nev.)
- Jefferson Nationwide Enlargement Memorial (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Mount Rushmore Nationwide Memorial (Keystone, SD)
- Shasta Dam (Shasta Lake, Calif.)
The go, in accordance to an Administration announcement, aims to “address fears about unauthorized drone operations” above guarded locations. There are some exceptions—presumably for film crews and the likes—which will have to be arranged prior to start with web page administration and/or the FAA.
Know prior to you go: UAV pilots (and, genuinely, any member of the public with an interest in drone activity) can verify this interactive map prior to sending costly products into a limited zone. Fail to comply and you may well be slapped with “civil penalties and felony costs,” the government warned.
This marks the to start with drone-distinct airspace constraints above DOI landmarks the FAA also regulates flight above army bases, and has banned takeoffs and landings in nationwide parks.
More monuments may well be extra to the checklist in the future. So hurry up and get some aerial photographs of Muir Woods (California), Rainbow Bridge (Utah), and Devil’s Tower (Wyoming) although you however can.
The memo arrived just 1 working day following FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed his worry that terrorists will use drones to assault the US.
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