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Anyone in South Florida know a good place that is safe and legal to fly? Tired of problems...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by NormanNormal, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. NormanNormal

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    I am really enjoying my new phantom outside a few bad experiences with other people. I took it to the public beach to take video of sharks out in the water but I was quickly shut down by the police who explained drones are banned there. I was told my info is in the system and I can't come back or I will be fined. So I figured I better stick to flying near my house when I had another incident.

    Today I was flying out right down the street from my house on a big open public canal back doing some testing with my new DBS mods antenna when I was approached by some old redneck guy in a pickup truck. He was very aggressive and agitated. He yelled and asked what I was doing. I politely explained I was hobbyist flying my quadcopter. He thought I was spying on his place to get a profile of it so I can steal his horses. The assertion was beyond ridiculous as I only flew over the canal and the nature preserve, not over anyones private property and I never went below 300ft expect to take off and land or when I was deep in the preserve. Not to mentioned I am sitting out in the middle of the canal bank, not trying to hide anything or be clandestine. He finally believed me and calmed down. I tried to explained that from 300ft things appear tiny but he didn't believe me, "my nephew has one and it can zoom in on horses". Told me that people in these parts don't take kindly to be spied on and will shoot down my "drone" eventually.

    I am getting a bit frustrated and feel it only a matter of time before there is some sort of serious incident with an ignorant person or LEO. Does anyone in South Florida know of a good place to fly where I won't bother anyone or be bothered? I know there are AMA airfields but lets face it Phantoms are probably not looked up well by the model airplane and heli guys, not to mention a tiny AMA airfield is not a fun place to fly. PM me or post here if anyone knows any good parks, beaches, or places that are open to flying without issues.

    Thanks!!

    Norman
     
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  2. flpholt

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    I would of ask police for the code number for not flying
     
  3. Zeprider

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    Good question Norm. I'm looking for similar. Markham Parks field requires AMA + Markham Park authorization.... that's a $100 all tolled. Every park I check out, NO MODEL RC AIRCRAFT, NO DRONES ALLOWED, NO NO NO!!!

    US 27 is loaded with power lines on either side. I could not get a compass calibration.

    I went out to the everglades last week. I think it was the first recreational area westbound/northbound I stopped at. NO FUN. Lose that over the glades and your SOL. Lemme know if you find something.
     
  4. J Dot

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    Hello Norman,
    Sorry to hear that! BUMMER MAN!
    I'm in Sarasota, to date without incident? But I found a few key items along the way.
    1) if flying around people ( beach, park, ect. ) I walk around letting people know I'm going to be flying, and would be happy to answer any questions! 99% of the time most turn to interest not aggression. I even let them look at my phone while I fly around. " positive influence "

    2) TIME ( most important )
    I find parks, beaches, ect, are better to film during sunset hours, rather than high noon, and fully populated!
    Later means less people, plus here, sunsets ROCK!
    3) if someone is stubborn ( or any negative impact at all ) I simply, say I UNDERSTAND, I'll come back another time, take care! And I do, I'll go back a day later and usually I'll get a better crowd.
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    I also made a sign, says aerial photography in progress , will be happy to answer any questions AFTER I land safely! Thank You!
    ( this seems to lighten the blow, I'll sometimes get an older couple or kids gather, but they wait patiently for me to land, and some ask great questions! )

    Things like this can help you on your quest, like I said, I've been lucky for 3 years now, without incident, I did have some people ask me not to fly around them ( I respected their wishes ) no big deal, everyone is different, and unique! Remember you can't please everyone all the time!
    I've also never been told I cannot fly here? I do stay away from preserves, as we have several armature/pro photographers, that I'm sure would punch me in the eye for scaring their birds away! Lol but I'd never do that!

    Hope this helps,
    J Dot
     
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  5. rcheing

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    Come fly with me in Boca Raton. I haven't had one issue, but then again, maybe I'm just getting lucky. Another member here, oblivie, flies regularly at Commercial Blvd/A1A in Fort Lauderdale. Oblivie and I are actually going to be headed to Port Saint Lucie tomorrow and headed to see Chuck from DBS mods. You are welcome to come, just PM me your number and I'll send you my info.
     
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