This one is for all you drone enthusiasts out there: you only have six days left to make that epic, viral video of the Statue of Liberty. New drone restrictions for the Statue of Liberty and other U.S. national landmarks go into effect October 5.
The FAA has announced new restrictions for various Department of the Interior sites including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam. Starting October 5, drone pilots will not be allowed to fly within 400 feet of any of these sites with repercussions including fines and criminal charges.
B4UFLY is a handy app to better understand which locations are off limits. The new restricted landmarks will be added to the app in the next couple of months.
I'm surprised the Statue of Liberty was not already on the banned list as it seems the security concerns would be quite high (not to mention Mount Rushmore and the Hoover Dam). I wouldn't consider flying my DJI Phantom 4 anywhere near any of those locations but for those more daring than me, you can legally fly around them for six more days, so go nuts. As always, be safe, use common sense, and follow all existing FAA rules when flying.
Anyone planning a last-minute trip to New York City to get in a drone flight around Lady Liberty before the 5th?
After the ban goes into effect, you can still opt for a (slightly pricier) aerial experience with helicopter tours. If that doesn't work for you, there's always YouTube: