Somewhat of a Prick wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:26 pmWhat you cited isn't a law, its a recommendationk_fergie wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:00 pmIDK where people seem to get the idea that you can fly over Wilderness areas as long as you don't take off/land in them, not really true from what I've seen. According to the USDA, "Do not fly over congressionally designated wilderness areas or primitive areas as many people seek these places for the opportunities for solitude and quiet that they provide."Somewhat of a Prick wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:32 pmQuick point - Its only illegal to take off or land in a wilderness area. Its NOT illegal to fly over wilderness. That said, avoid flying around people and all that good stuff.
I fly mine often on 13ers, assuming the weather is fine and there are no people around. I have a boatload of great footage, much of it sells very well for me on stock sites. I'd be damned if I ever posted a second of it here though. The vitriol towards drones, even if flown legally and respectfully, is off the charts.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 846515.pdf
However, your own link has the actual rule (see bottom). First pic is a very gray area but legal (in my opinion and from everything I've read on drone laws which is quite extensive) flight. Launch from outside a boundary, even if by a few feet. Fly over a wilderness and back. Dumb? Maybe. Annoying to people? Sure, if there are people around. I wouldn't ever recommend someone to fly off any 14er, just too crowded. However, this example flight doesn't meet the criteria in the bottom pic for what is not allowed. Barely.
I know I'm kicking the hornet's nest a bit here by bucking the forum consensus on drones. I'm not trying to start a flame war, just putting forth my research as someone who has been flying drones for years.
Are they not both valid rules if they are in the exact same document? You are just picking which one you want to follow. There aren't many laws specific to drones, which is a problem because it is such a grey area like you mentioned. The only single federal law I found basically just allows the FAA to set the rules and regulations for UAS (49 USC 44809: Exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft), so then deferring to the FAA and other bodies gets us back to the document I provided