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FAA Restricts Drones Over Gateway Arch
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 1, 2017 - Effective October 5, the FAA and DOI have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of 10 national landmark sites including Gateway Arch, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and six dams.
At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 - "Special Security Instructions" - to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites:
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY
Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, MA
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
Folsom Dam; Folsom, CA
Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell, AZ
Grand Coulee Dam; Grand Coulee, WA
Hoover Dam; Boulder City, NV
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; St. Louis, MO
Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, SD
Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, CA
There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.
To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA's B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA's UAS website.
Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.
This is the first time the agency has placed airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or "drones," over DOI landmarks. The FAA has placed similar airspace restrictions over military bases that currently remain in place.
The FAA is considering additional requests from other federal agencies for restrictions using the FAA's § 99.7 authority as they are received.
Budweiser Teams With Lyft to Offer Free Round-Trip Rides for Give a Damn Campaign
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 24, 2017 - Budweiser has announced the bold next step in its Give A Damn campaign, together with safe ride partner Lyft.
Given the success of last year's pilot program - during which Budweiser delivered more than 35,000 rides home across six states plus Washington, D.C. - the brand will expand the 2017 campaign to offer 150,000 round-trip rides across nine states plus Washington, D.C. to help people get to and from their nights out.
The largest-ever safe rides effort from a beer company, Give A Damn aims to make a strong statement against drunk driving and celebrate people who embrace Budweiser's responsible drinking message: "Give A Damn. Don't Drive Drunk." Throughout the 15-week campaign, Budweiser and Lyft will offer 10,000 round-trip rides every weekend and on select holidays, when people need them most.
"We are proud to continue our partnership with Lyft to implement evidence-based solutions that can have a real impact on reducing drunk driving," said Katja Zastrow, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility & Better World, Anheuser-Busch. "Making it home safe at the end of the night starts with getting a ride at the beginning of the night, so we want to encourage people to plan ahead."
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 21, through the end of the year, Budweiser will provide up to 10,000 round-trip rides every weekend across nine states: New York, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Georgia; plus Washington, D.C. Budweiser will share a unique ride code on its Facebook and Instagram channels each Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, which new and existing Lyft users over the age of 21 can use to claim a $20 ride credit (two $10 one-way rides) through the Lyft app. The credits can be redeemed for rides taken between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time that Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.
"We are thrilled to work with Budweiser, a brand that shares our commitment to helping people drink responsibly and get home safe," said Melissa Waters, vice president of marketing, Lyft. "This partnership encourages passengers to make the right choice about how they get home and celebrates the drivers who make it possible."
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