We’ve talked about drones invading the earth. They come from a galaxy far, far aw—-no, that’s the droids. Anyway, we hashed out what this new toy is doing to the parks. Four propellers, a small camera and a remote control are all you need to annoy people.
Last summer, the Director of the NPS declared that drones were not allowed in National Parks. Early on a few were caught, but things did seem to quiet down.
Now the other “Y” park – Yellowstone – has caught a guy zipping over the famous Midway Geyser Basin. This can really irritate the Bison. This man from Oregon was fined $1,000 for an August flight.
Then a man from Holland was fined $3,000 for crashing a drone into Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic last August. The craft sunk into the spring.
In Sept, a German plopped a drone into Lake Yellowstone. He got a $1,600 fine.
Now December and Merry Christmas! Yes, drones were one of the most bought gifts. For anywhere from $60 to $6,000, Joe Sixpack can become a test pilot and fly his drone. You can even get one at Best Buy…..charge it up and scream like a Banshee.
Just like the bozos who are shining green powerful lasers at aircraft, they will be out soon trying to get their toy ingested into a turbojet engine.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to go.” – John Denver
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com