Drones in Parks-Part 1

By Roxanne Sutton, National Park & Recreation Association|Posted on September 18, 2017

A topic as complex as drones in parks couldn’t be covered in just one episode, so we we’re launching a three-part series to tackle this topic by interviewing experts in the field with three different perspectives.

  • Part 1. Policy, Drone Zones and Resources for Land Managers
  • Part 2. Ways Park Managers Are Handling Drones-Coming Soon!
  • Part 3. Opportunities and the Future of Drones in Parks-Coming Soon!

In part one, I chat with Chad Budreau – Public Relations and Government Affairs Director for the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is the world’s largest model aviation association with a membership of nearly 200,000. Founded in 1936, AMA's roots go back much further than drones. While their membership still includes model airplane enthusiasts, they have expanded to include resources, guidance and much, much more for drone hobbyists.

Today, we’re covering everything from laws and regulations, advice for park managers on how to deal with newbie hobbyists, drone zones, and resources available to park and public land managers as they look to incorporate flying sites or regulations in their own local government.

Listen to Episode 1

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