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Philadelphia, PA area flight restrictions

Discussion in 'Northeast USA' started by osirhc, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. osirhc

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    Hopefully I'm posting in the right section. I do apologize if I'm not.

    I live in Philadelphia and recently flew around the Art Museum and Boat House Row area right off of Kelly Dr. There's a parking lot right near the roundabout at the back of the Art Museum where I took off and landed. I got some great shots there and will certainly be going back soon, but I'd really like to fly closer to Center City/down the Ben Franklin Parkway.

    I've been searching and searching but I cannot find anything online that tells me one way or the other if there are flight restrictions around Center City. I'd love to do a point of interest shot around City Hall, Independence Hall, some fly bys down the Parkway, and other ideas I get while I'm in the city. Can anyone in the Philly area tell me if these locations are okay? The way I see it, I'll have line of sight the entire time, I can easily find safe take off and landing points in these areas, and really no one will ever notice my Phantom except maybe for take off and landing. I had no reaction, positive or negative, at all when I flew around the Art Museum. Obviously if someone (an officer, etc.) told me I can't fly when I'm setting up shop then I'll certainly comply. I would just love to get a nice shot of City Hall and Center City in general.

    The only thing I'm really uncertain about comes down to the hospitals in the area. There's Jefferson Hospital just southeast of City Hall. All the area hospitals have helipads on top of them for the MedEvac helicopter, but I would't be flying anywhere near the actual hospital (albeit ~five to seven blocks away from the hospital, but never near the flight pattern the helicopters use). I just want to make sure I'm doing everything by the books. If anyone has any advice, experience or knowledge on this any bit of information will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. FASTFJR

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    I have flown around the Art Museum also. I can't imagine flying down the Parkway. Too many possible cars to hit if something goes wrong
     
  3. osirhc

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    Not necessarily down the Parkway, but around it I suppose. Especially the fountain at Logan Square. I'd have to scout it out of course first and make sure I have a good take off/landing and emergency landing locations mapped out.