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Drone flights are now barred from some of the most iconic US landmarks

by Danny Zepeda | October 1, 2017October 1, 2017 8:00 am EST

If you own a drone and love to fly it around on all of your trips, we have some bad news for you. The Federal Aviator Administration (FAA) has passed a new law barring the flight of drones at several US landmarks. The new law bars any drone flying from within 400 feet of each landmark.

In total, the FAA added ten US landmark sites to its no fly zone. Here’s the complete list:

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
  • Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MA
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Folsom Dam; Folsom, CA
  • Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZ
  • Grand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WA
  • Hoover Dam; Boulder City, NV
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MO
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SD
  • Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA

This is a real buzzkill for all drone flyers out there. Some of the best scenery you will ever capture with a drone is at these sites. The safety reasoning behind it is understandable, but it still sucks.

The list of barred sites you can fly a drone continues to grow at a rapid pace. Army bases, sports stadiums, airports and national parks are among the sites with restrictions. Special exceptions can be made that would allow for the flight of a drone in these locations, but it’s unlikely a regular person would receive to it. Drone flyers who break the law are subject to fines and criminal charges.

The FAA’s new law will take place October 5.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...