Mt. Rushmore vs. Oregon Dunes


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has outlawed the commercial use of most unmanned aerial vehicles while it writes rules to govern them. Hobbyists are still allowed to fly small drones—often equipped with a camera to capture that bragworthy summer vacation video—but face confusing, conflicting rules about where and when. A guide to getting aloft without getting into trouble.

No: Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
The National Park Service has banned drones from parks, monuments, historical sites, and seashores.

Yes: Oregon Dunes
Some parts of the largest dune formation in North America are on state land, where drones are allowed for now—the state says it’s studying the issue.

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