As always, everyone has an opinion and that's good. Although my initial question was about no drone photography in National Parks, my biggest issue is that there seem to be no consistent laws that govern drone flight. On this fantastic trip to Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, we passed through a lot of beautiful scenery. We would look up the local drone laws for each area we thought was picture worthy to see if it was lawful for us to fly a drone. Some areas were just fine with very light restrictions while others had more stringent rules. The inconsistency became a real eye-opener. Like so many other drone enthusiasts, I've only been flying drones for maybe 3 years. I have many years under my belt building and flying remote-controlled aircraft and saw drone photography as another opportunity to get in the air. My wife and I both love photography and were very excited about the possibilities that drones could provide us in the world of nature photography. So far we have been disappointed.
Like one responder on this topic, I too love the serenity of the National Parks. I'm sure I would not be happy if there was a sky full of drones at some of these most tranquil locations. That said, I would advocate for 'restricted' drone photography in National Parks but not a flat-out no-fly zone restriction. I don't have the answer for this but I'm sure together we all could come up with something that makes sense. I know I came across many beautiful areas within the National Parks where there were no people that I would have bothered at all but would have still had some beautiful photography to share.
Anyway, I feel we need consistent laws governing drone flight and that every little town should be obliged to live by these laws and not come up with so many varied versions that keep all of us wondering if we can fly or not.
Also, commenting on my earlier post about the possible demise of this entire industry if something isn't done and soon, I offer these additional remarks. If any of you have been involved with the business world as long as I have, 43 years, you will recognize how many fads that have come and gone because, what seems to be a great thing at the time, fades due to a wide variety of reasons but some fade due to lack of or too many laws that become not restrictive enough of way to restrictive. My personal observation and opinion are just that this wonderful drone industry has the potential of dwindling away like so many other industries if fair and consistent regulations aren't put in place soon. There is way too much positive potential for this industry to see it fade into oblivion due to the lack of consistent regulations that allow for the safe and considerate use of the drones that we so love.
I would certainly love to be on a national committee that helped to identify and present regulations that would make this industry more than just a passing craze.