New Drone Rules at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Lanier

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Lake Sidney Lanier, a recreational area built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Georgia, has set in place new rules for drone operators.

According to a July 8 Facebook post from Lake Sidney Lanier, drone operators must submit a request 30 days in advance if they want to fly at the site. According to USACE, the site, which hosts 11.8 million people each year, has 76 recreational areas and more than 690 miles of shoreline. Other areas are leased to local governments/organizations.

USACE clarifies that because the Federal Aviation Administration has jurisdiction over airspace, the new policy covers taking off and landing on the property, which includes the shoreline, islands, leased areas and lake itself.

Requests, submitted to USACE’s project management office, should include details such as contact information, location, map of the area in which the operation will take place, and licensing and training info.

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