Thursday, June 26, 2014

Yosemite Looks To Ban Drones By Relying On An Absurd Legal Argument

Source: Forbes

... the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit” is illegal. This applies to drones of all shapes and sizes.

That is an expansive interpretation of the regulation, especially when 36 CFR 2.17(a)(3) is read in context.
... National Park Service itself has provided a definition of aircraft in 36 CFR 1.4, it states:

 "Aircraft means a device that is used or intended to be used for human flight in the air, including powerless flight."

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