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  1. 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.
  2. Well, I certainly appreciate all of the responding comments to my initial question. Personally I like Dave Pitman's idea of designating certain days and a limited number of permits. Perhaps they could require a drone pilot to have their FAA Part 107 Certificate so the pilot would know not to fly over people or harass wildlife, for example. Anyway, I'm getting so frustrated with all of the varied restrictions by each State, County, or small town, that I'm about to sell my DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO with all of my accessories to the highest bidder and abandon finishing the Part 107 course that I paid $250 for, and abandon my hopes to perhaps provide drone photography services to my community in ways I know would be beneficial. If things aren't changed soon I'm afraid this rapidly growing drone industry will take a downward dive that will devastate everyone one involved. Like most investments, maybe it's best we all sell out while we can maybe get something out of our investment. As you can tell, I'm pretty frustrated as I've only been able to fly my drone twice in the past year due to all of the restrictions. I'm one who will do all I can to adhere to all of the varied restrictions so, for me, it's almost impossible to ever find a place where drone photography is allowed. PLEASE, FAA, HELP ALL OF US THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THIS 'RAPIDLY GROWING INDUSTRY' BEFORE IT COLLAPSES TO NOTHING.
  3. I recently traveled through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah where some of US's most beautiful National Parks are located. I was anxiously anticipating taking some wonderful aerial shots of these parks but quickly discovered that we are not allowed to use our drones in National Parks. What a hugh disappointment. Does anyone know what the reasoning is for this restriction?