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FAA Restricts Drones Over Major U.S. Landmarks

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in a Black Hills of South Dakota is shortly to be off-limits to worker flights.

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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in a Black Hills of South Dakota is shortly to be off-limits to worker flights.

Mike Stewart/AP

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a new law restricting unapproved worker operations over 10 Department of Interior sites, including a Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

The proclamation Thursday says a dual sovereign agencies “have concluded to shorten worker flights adult to 400 feet within a parallel boundaries” of a following sites:

  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York
  • Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
  • Folsom Dam, Folsom, Calif.
  • Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Ariz.
  • Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Wash.
  • Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nev.
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, S.D.
  • Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, Calif.

The proclamation says a movement comes during “the ask of U.S. inhabitant confidence and law coercion agencies.” It says it outlines a initial time a FAA has limited worker flights over Interior Department landmarks, nonetheless many of a sites were lonesome by a National Park Service anathema on drones released in 2014.

But that anathema pertained to “launching, alighting or handling unmanned aircraft” in inhabitant parks. The FAA’s proclamation includes a airspace above parks and landmarks.

The latest restrictions take outcome on Oct. 5. Violators “may be theme tp coercion action, including intensity polite penalties and rapist charges,” according to a announcement.