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Discussion in 'News' started by Meack, Feb 21, 2015.
I was told by a ranger today that there is no flying in SD county parks. Anyone else hear this?
What park were you at? I have scoured the SD County parks website and see nothing even addressing model aircraft operation in the parks, so in my opinion there is no policy. I fly 4S Community park and have never had a problem, but I fly pretty high usually (250-400' AGL), so they probably don't even know I am there.
Ask for the ordinance number so that you may research it.
This sucker is BURIED!
Scroll down to the section on "motorized toys"
This was at Wilderness Gardens outside of Pala in north county.
I fly in several parks in San Diego and have never heard such a thing! Would sure love to know the truth though... don't want a drone ticket or worse!
It's in the link that was posted.
"SEC. 41.130. WALKWAYS, BICYCLES AND MOTORIZED TOYS.
No person shall engage in any of the following conduct in a County park:
(a) Obstruct the free travel of pedestrians on any trail, walkway or roadway.
(b) Ride or use a bicycle, non-motorized scooter, skateboard, inline skates or other similar wheeled device except in areas designated for its use.
(c) Use or operate any motorized model plane, model boat or model vehicle except in an area specifically designated by the Parks Department for that use."
Were you flying when he told you this? Please share the context of the conversation.
I have a Phantom 2 + V3.
I walked into the park and up to the upper meadow with nobody around. There I flew for one battery charge and walked down and out the other side. I planned to fly again withing site of the ranger station. A young male ranger was outside so I stopped and asked him if there was any policy regarding flying drones. He went inside to ask his boss and returned shortly with the news that drones were not allowed. I thanked him and left the park.
Thanks. And welcome to the forum!
Always good to ask
FWIW both Orange County and LA County have similar bans on motorized model aircraft in county parks except where specifically authorized. Many cities have similar bans. As was apparent in this case, they make it hard to find the laws as well. All of these bans long pre-date Phantoms and have been in place for years, if not decades.
People have been playing with motorized rc toys in these parks for years without issue despite the same rules being on the books. It is all of a sudden now that they are being enforced. That selective enforcement of dormant rules show not be allowed. If there is a rule, it needs to be rigoursly enforced or it should be removed. That is like having rules that bans walking but the cops only ticket you if they don't like the way you look.
I have been run out of parks in OC flying gliders (no props & quiet) as far back as 1994. So at least up here, it is nothing new.