Bad news for all the drone owners out there! New laws have been put into place effective immediately for drone use in California State Parks in the Angeles District. As of September 1st, 2016, the use of model aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and gliders in flight are no longer allowed to fly within the grounds of Angeles District State Parks. In plain language (no pun intended), no more drones. This new regulation was made official by the signature of Craig Sapp, the district superintendent of the Angeles District per District Superintendent order 915-16-002.

Since the rise in popularity of drones in the past few years, especially in the Malibu area where they are consistently used for real estate and general scenery shots, there have been debates about where and when people should be allowed to fly their drones. Many believe that drones cause privacy concerns given the ease in which you can look into people’s private properties. People say that this can lead to easy access for burglars, especially when burglary is on the rise in Malibu. Some people are simply annoyed by the very noticeable “buzzing” noise, claiming that the noise alone should have them banned. However you may feel, they no longer can bother you in Angeles District State Parks.

A modern drone in flight with a GoPro attachment.

California’s Department of Parks and Recreation has acknowledged this increase in the popularity of drones making this statement:

“The dramatic growth and popularity of UAS (drones) within the Angeles District has numerous negative impacts to the special resources, park operations, and the unique visitor experiences afforded by the District.”

This new District Superintendent Order also states that the ban shall remain indefinite and that the acting Superintendent,

“may grant exemption to this order as determined necessary for the proper administration of the park, and to protect the safety and welfare of its visitors, employees, wildlife and resources. All exemptions, except for emergency personnel, must be obtained in writing.”

To make a request for an exemption you can contact the District Superintendent @ 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas 91302.

Leo Carrillo State Park. One of the areas you no longer can fly drones in Malibu.

The new areas in Malibu in which drones are now prohibited to fly include Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Point Dume State Beach, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach.  Make sure to tell your friends to avoid a hefty ticket from state park officials.

For a full copy of the Order: drone-posted-order


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