Drones & Other Unmanned Aircraft

Authority: 36 CFR 1.5

The term "unmanned aircraft" means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

In 2014 the Director of National Park Service ordered that all parks be closed to use of unmanned aircraft of any kind over land or water.

The use of drones has the potential to cause unacceptable impacts such as harming visitors, interfering with rescue operations, causing excessive noise, impacting viewsheds, and disturbing wildlife.

To report the use of a Drone call 1-866-995-8467.

Last updated: March 23, 2017

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