From the AMA Government Relations Blog

The FAA has issued three new Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) creating restrictions for the airspace surrounding major sporting events and the Disney properties in Anaheim, CA and Kissimmee/Orlando, FL. The new flight restrictions permanently prohibit the operation of radio control model aircraft at any time within 3 nm (3.5 statute miles) of both the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks, and for a period of 1 hr before and 1 hr after major sporting events.

Full article here: FAA TFR

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  • Hi Quadzi,

    Sure, Our buddies at SUAS news:



  • Gary - Can you provide a link to the transcript you reference above?
  • Nobody is questioning the stated justification of public safety.

    But in this case the clear real justification is protecting Corporations rights to sell access rather than granting free public or media access.

    Basically it is censorship by scare tactic.

    Our government, and the media both capitalize on safety being the only important goal, just like Big Brother in 1984.

    And just like that, what makes you safe from them once they have made you safe?

    And they are in fact "victimizing" UAS, model and commercial, they are just also doing so for manned aircraft, sort of equal opportunity victimization.

    Freedom or safety, that is the big trade off these days and once we have traded all our freedom for safety, who will protect us from the protectors.

  • Note that the TFRs apply to EVERYTHING airborne, not just UAS and model aircraft.  This is not explicitly targeting UAV ops. There is potentially a level of corporate evil at play in Disney and the sporting venues protecting their broadcast and advertising rights in general, but it's not victimising UAV users.


    It appears to be (ostensibly) for security, so the wide area makes a level of sense for manned aircraft.





  • I suppose Sony - Disney requested this from the FAA, but even if they did, the 3 and 1/2 mile over sized area would seem to interfere with other venues that might not want to be stuck with it.

    I suppose, safety and security (ostensibly for the public) is a justification for the extended area, but if so, this could be a precedent extended to all public gathering places for  the same reason, effectively making it impossible for UAS to be used to record public events.

    No doubt safety can be used as the excuse, but as in the recent riots, it can also be used to muzzle the media in it's data acquisition and reporting, and as the recently made public transcripts from that clearly pointed out, that was precisely what the "authorities" were seeking to do.

    So, possibly the question needs to be asked safety from or for whom?

  • T3

    First they failed at banning all commercial drone operations. Looks like they are attempting a second method. I would like to see a case in front of a judge regarding an illegal flight of a Proto X or paper airplane under a TFR.

    It's all about safety!!

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