Unmanned Aircraft Use banned from Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Olympic National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

“The use of unmanned aircraft would create unacceptable safety risks to park visitors, as well as impacts to visitor experience and enjoyment of the natural sights and sounds of Olympic National Park,”  said Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park Superintendent.  “Additionally, the Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits the use of motorized equipment within designated wilderness, which comprises 95 percent of the park.”

The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

More information about the closure and other Olympic National Park regulations is contained in the Superintendent’s Compendium, available on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/olym/parkmgmt/upload/2014-Compendium-signed_20140818155824-1.pdf

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