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Interesting flight areas that are LEGAL.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by m4dp4rrot, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. m4dp4rrot

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    Well for the second time in a week I've been run off by police for filming in a place I was sure was legit. I haven't been fined yet, but I'm sure at my lifetime limit for getting shocked out of my flight-reverie by siren blips and flashing lights.

    I regularly consult sites like Airmap and Don't Fly Drones Here, but their usefulness is limited since they function as blacklist type sites: they only indicate places where flying is 100% not legal. There are still many, many places where you can't fly that are as yet unmarked, which makes planning a crapshoot. The aforementioned runoff occurred despite my best attempts to find any rule or regulation that banned flight in that area, and came up with zip. Only after the officer gave me a specific code number was I able to find it, buried deep within an obscure PDF on a huge, sprawling website.

    I dislike walking a legal minefield while scouting locations, so what I'm looking for now is the opposite to Airmap etc. A whitelist-style site, that only shows places where flight is confirmed 100% legal (ideally including Northern California). Does anyone know of such a place? I haven't had any luck googling, since the only sites I've found so far are either years out of date or have horrible recommendations (Ocean Beach? sure, if i want to lose $1500).
     
  2. lonjsnyder

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    There is no complete online resource. Only way is to call local police and ask. And you may get different answers if you call more than once. For beaches, call the lifeguard station.


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  3. Waternut13134

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    Where do you live? I'm currently in Police academy right now. There must be signs posted. Check your state laws and then your county,and then down to your city ordinances. For example if your flying in the city you have to follow the city,county and state laws,but if your flying in the county you only have to follow county and state laws. Politely ask the cop the statute and what laws your breaking,if he turns into a D!ck about it then he's more than likely full of it,but if he pulls them up and shows you then learn from the experience and move on. I would have no problem explain a statute to someone that asks me to show it to them.
     
  4. surplussunshine

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    This is something that should be created OP.