Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

Posted December 29, 2015

Don't Fly Drones at the Golden Gate Bridge

There are plenty of beautiful places to fly a drone this holiday season, but the Golden Gate Bridge is not one of them.

Drones (also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems) pose a safety and security risk to the Golden Gate Bridge. They are banned from flying over or near the Bridge or other District property. The District is installing new signs this week to remind people that drones are prohibited.

The Bridge is a very busy roadway, both as a transportation artery in and out of San Francisco and as an icon for the thousands of people who will visit over the holiday season. Whether due to operator error or technical problems, drones can and do fail. When they drop from the sky, they pose great risk of causing traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, especially given the crowded conditions on the Bridge and on District property. Drones are also prohibited from flying at or near the Bridge and surrounding property for security reasons. Drones found flying near the Bridge will be tracked and the operator identified. The aircraft may be confiscated and the operator may be prosecuted. Drones are also banned from National Park Service land, which includes areas immediately surrounding the Bridge to the north and south.

The FAA has put together a pre-flight checklist to fly drones safely and legally: http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/2015-FAA-383-UAS_Holiday_Pre-flight-checklist_1200x627_ae05.pdf.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Drones Prohibited at Golden Gate Bridge