RVers with Drones: Coming to a Campground Near You?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (aka “drones”) aren’t disappearing anytime soon. If you haven’t encountered RVers with drones yet, odds are good that you will by the end of summer. Despite their growing popularity and increasing numbers of RVers with drones, unmanned aircraft are a controversial topic in and out of the campground.
For instance, in the iRV2 Discussion Forum topic “Drones and RV traveling,” djbmsu writes:
“I fly the Inspire 1 And have flown at most every campground we have been in with absolutely no problems or complaints from anyone. I have some stunning pictures and video that we share with family, friends and post on facebook.”
On the other side of the fence, UTTransplant writes:
“Big issues with drones in parks, all national parks,prohibit them, and state parks are getting the same way. I understand the fun, but they are incredibly invasive with their motor sound in pristine areas. They have also been used to harass wildlife, either on purpose or by accident. I am thrilled the FAA is putting rules on them.”
Humans aren’t the only ones to voice their opinions about drones in the wild, animals are too. Fantastic footage of killer bees swarming a quadcopter and an eagle who took out a drone midflight are just two of many drone-versus-animal movies popping up all over the Internet. In addition, last July researchers at the University of Minnesota announced the results of a wildlife study which reveals that when bears are aware of a drone nearby, “their heart rates soar, a sign of acute stress,” says the 2015 paper called “Bears Show a Physiological but Limited Behavioral Response to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.”

As the arguments for and against drones unfold, new drone regulations are being created almost daily to guide drone users into safe and responsible flying. As of

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