Raleigh rule would limit use of drones in city parks

People will be able to use drones or other remote-controlled aerial vehicles in only seven of the city’s nearly 90 public parks under a proposed ordinance.

The proposed policy pinpoints spaces where people can fly drones in Baileywick, Eastgate, Spring Forest, Marsh Creek, Dorothea Dix, Eliza Pool and Southgate parks. It also sets limits on when drones can be flown and forbids the use of drones with cameras in four of the seven parks. The ordinance would apply to other unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, such as model rockets and other remote-controlled aircraft flown for recreational purposes.

Pilots would still need to share those spaces with other park patrons and must adhere to operating regulations – many of which are already in place by the Federal Aviation Administration – such as not flying higher than 400 feet off the ground or not operating outside the pilot’s line of sight …


News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) | July 11, 2017

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