By Reed Parry | Sedona Red Rock News
Drones are small remote-controlled flying machines often used by hobbyists for aerial photography, and reconnaissance in firefighting and law enforcement. Sedona has become a destination for recreational drone users due to the scenic geography. But drone enthusiasts have noticed the dozens of “No Drone Zone” signs posted at trailheads and parks around the red rock area.
These signs describe the areas as “No Drone Zones,” despite the fact that no federal law prohibits drones from operating in the air.
Sedona Oak Creek Airport Authority management and U.S. Forest Service personnel claim drones are not permitted or require special authorization from the Sedona Airport. However, neither the USFS, nor municipal, county or airport governments have the legal authority to regulate airspace — that power is strictly reserved to the Federal Aviation Administration.