Don’t Do It, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Flying Drones in Washington, D.C.

“Even the smallest remote control helicopter is against the law if flown in the nation’s capital. Here’s why. “


At the Radio Shack six blocks from the White House, one may be tempted to purchase the $49.99 Propel Wasp remote controlled helicopter. But fly it outside in Washington, D.C. at your own risk.

The results of remote hobbyist drone flights can be spectacular, with or without a camera attached to show the view. Until recently, you could watch on Vimeo this DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter piloted by Viktor Mirzoyan taking off from an area rooftop and shooting stunning footage of the nation’s capital. Then there was the spectacular footage shot by Adam Eidinger, which remains on YouTube for all to see.

Too bad it’s illegal—very illegal.

What’s the problem with flying a remote controlled aircraft in D.C.?

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration banned nearly all aviation—including model aviation—from what is known at the Flight Restricted…

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