Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vicksburg park bans drone flights

Vicksburg National Military Park officially is closed to unmanned aircraft, including drones, because of safety and noise concerns.

"The use of unmanned aircraft in parks is a relatively new, but quickly growing trend," said park Superintendent Michael Madell in a statement this week. "Although we have not experienced problems here at Vicksburg, we are concerned that flying the aircraft may have negative impacts on visitor experiences and safety, the solemnity of the battlefield, and park resources."

Other sites in the National Park Service system this week are taking similar stances. In June, the NPS announced the prohibition, saying it needed time to develop the proper permanent policy on unmanned aircraft.

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