Drones Banned at Yosemite, Park Service Says


Scott Pham
NBC Bay Area
May 3, 2014

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Screen grab via http://www.dji.com

The National Park Service is warning potential amateur pilots that drone aircraft are “prohibited within park boundaries” of Yosemite National Park.

The park service is referring to small “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” like the DJI Phantom. Officials say, in recent years, the park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones inside the park to film climbers and views above the treetops in the national park.

An uptick in this kind activity isn’t surprising. Recently, the price and accessibility of small, “personal” drone aircraft has come way down. Amateurs and hobbyists can outfit the devices with small cameras, such as GoPros, getting high definition aerial photographs for around $1,000.

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