Unmanned aircraft prohibited over White Sands National Monument


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LAS CRUCES >> Unmanned aircraft will not be allowed to fly above White Sands National Monument.

A new policy that went into effect June 20 directs National Park Service superintendents across the U.S. to prohibit launching, landing, or operations of unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the federal agency.

Aircraft of any kind, including remote control, are prohibited at White Sands National Monument due to the restricted military airspace administered by White Sands Missile Range. The restriction applies from ground level upward.

The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device, such as cameras, sensors, or communication links. It also includes all types of devices that meet the definition, including model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones that are used for any purpose, including recreation or commerce.

For more information, call White Sands National Monument, 575-479-6124, extension 236.

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