We are being singled out because we are not cohesive as a community and we are easy victims because our hobby is stereotyped. This will change....soon.
Correct! Society is always paranoid of everything new that emerges, and drones as a new technology are being vilified and stereotyped.
And unfortunately at the government and specially at the "municipal" level the paranoia is usually worse! It's a shame that the people in the "government arena" are usually the ones that most lack common sense and reasonability, while they should be the most reasonable and have better intelligence, as their decisions affect all of us.
Yes, I'm talking specifically about those in charge of our public lands and parks, be "national" or "state" or "city" park or whatever.. those are usually the most unreasonable and the ones that impose the worst restrictions!
Fortunately they cannot control the airspace, that's controlled by the FAA which seems more reasonable regarding drone flying than those people who control land use, and that affects WHERE we can takeoff and land. In fact, as long as I know, we can even fly legally OVER a National Park area IF we takeoff and land OUTSIDE such prohibitive zone, because the NPS cannot have jurisdiction over their airspace that's regulated by the FAA and not by them.
Oh, and I don't think the NPS prohibits something like a paraglider or ultralight or small plane or helicopter from flying over a NP? And a small plane is bigger and more "dangerous" than a tiny drone, right? Isn't it ironic that the NPS doesn't see a normal airplane with such bad eyes like they see the less dangerous drones??????
Hope that somebody with enough power and enough intelligence and common sense pushes for a change in the near future! Doesn't any of them ever read these threads? Do they have any sort of forum themselves where we can give them feedback? Apparently they are not open to any feedback from the common people with common sense????