Under 14 CFR §99.7 entitled "Special Security Instructions", the FAA has the ability to issue additional drone restrictions based on the recommendations of other governmental agencies.
On September 28th, the FAA issued a new set of restrictions at the request of the Department of Interior (DOI). The FAA and the DOI have decided to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet of the lateral legal boundaries of the following sites:
Boston National Historical Park, Boston, MAFolsom Dam,Folsom, CAGlen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, AZGrand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, WAHoover Dam, Boulder City, NVIndependence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PAJefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MOMount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SDShasta Dam, Shasta Lake, CAStatue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
'Lateral legal boundary' means that no drones will be allowed to fly within 400 feet of the official boundaries of the site.
These restrictions will go into effect starting October 5th. For more precise guidelines and more information, visit the B4U fly app.
These new rules are important to keep in mind (and to share with fellow drone pilots and drone photographers!) as those who violate FAA restrictions will be subject to potential civil penalties and/or criminal charges. Nothing you want to be inadvertently involved with!
So remember to bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on all things drones: PPA.com/Drones.