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More bad news for photographers looking to use unmanned aircraft for photography - at least those hoping to use drones in Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service has issued a statement that makes it clear these devices are not permitted.
As of May 2nd this year, the National Park Service's website says the Code of Federal Regulations specifically prohibits the use of drones in the park under any circumstances. The rule - it’s Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) in case you have your copy handy - 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'.
The website says the park service has seen an increase in the use of drones and goes on to say:
'Drones can be extremely noisy and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors, cresting an environment that is not conductive to wilderness travel'.
The Park Service also notes that drones are especially problematic for the nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls and can hamper emergency rescues.
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