During my annual Memorial Day San Francisco Bay cycle with my family, I noticed something a little different as I was getting onto the Golden Gate Bridge from Sausalito.
Just finished my annual Memorial Day SF Bay bike ride with my dad. This year we noticed something a bit different… pic.twitter.com/lvYCAUQfZ3
— Sally French (@TheDroneGirl) May 30, 2016
A sign mounted on a pole in the Marin County parking lot for the Golden Gate Bridge says “Unmanned Aircraft/ Drones: Launching, landing or operating unmanned or remote controlled aircraft/drones is prohibited near the Golden Gate Bridge. Please report all activity to Golden Gate Bridge Dispatch (415) 923-2230.”
What struck me as odd here was just how vague this was. What is “near” the Golden Gate Bridge? Can I fly over it or under it, just not through it? Do I need to stay 5 miles away? Can I fly past it and get a panning shot of the bridge, but not fly over it? Where is the citation number enforcing this? This all seems incredibly vague, especially for someone who might not know that they can check for no fly zones through apps like Kittyhawk or Hover. What’s legal here?
So, I contacted my buddy Jonathan Rupprecht, a lawyer focusing on drones and author of the book “Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them“, to get some answers. Continue reading No, you cannot fly your drone at the Golden Gate Bridge