In today’s show we discuss the rules for flying your drone in a national forest area. Do you need a commercial permit to do so? Will forest service go after pilots who fly without a permit?
Paul is joined by everyone’s favorite, Vic Moss. Vic was recently contacted by a drone pilot from North Carolina who received a warning from the forest department. Why? Because he flew without a commercial permit over a wilderness area.
How do forest service areas differ from wilderness areas? And, do you really need a commercial permit for flying your drone over a wilderness area? Does the US Forest Service still adhere to the Tidwell memo?
Vic clears the confusion. You will learn some best practices for flying your drone in national forest areas – so that you can stay out of trouble. Fly Safe!
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[00:21] Paul welcomes Vic on the show
[01:08] Can you fly over a national forest area?
[01:59] Vic shares details of the Tidwell memo
[03:20] Do journalists need a commercial permit to shoot in a national forest?
[03:55] Do you need a commercial permit if you fly your drone over a national forest?
[05:10] Will forest service go after commercial pilots who are flying over environmentally sensitive areas?
[06:29] Is it easy to get commercial permits for flying in national forest areas?
[07:42] Can you take off and land from a wilderness area? How high do you need to fly?
[08:48] Is it a good idea to inform a forest ranger before flying in a national forest?
[10:25] Paul recounts his interaction with a forest ranger
[11:26] Does the US forest service adhere to the Tidwell memo?
[12:03] Is it a good idea to record your flying in a national forest?
[13:11] Instructions for downloading the Tidwell memo