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Where to fly in Los Angeles

Discussion in 'Rules and Regulations' started by swen, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. swen

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    Hi,
    I recently got a phantom 4 and am trying to figure out were I can legally fly it. I live on the Westside of LA but am willing to drive a ways. I'm not finding anything very clear online. The faa so shows me where the airports are, which are everywhere when you consider helipads. I'm have a hard time believing that I will get in trouble flying a few miles away from a seldom used helipad right? Also, I've read that national parks are a no go. What about state or county parks? How about the beach?

    Any help would be appreciate!





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  2. Javizzle

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    Wondering the same thing! I took it to Palos Verdes at some of the abandoned cliffs yesterday as it seemed to be the only place without an airport 5 close by. It was great, but obviously I can't take it there everytime!
     
  3. GMack

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    I honestly don't know what the answer is.

    The drone specialty shop in Burbank (Ventura Blvd.) says there are some parks that allow them to fly. I think he said three so it might pay to call them and ask. Some AMA fields are pretty stuck-up against drones and won't let you fly there even if you are a AMA member and pay them an annual membership both. Plus, LA is so large that each city has their own ordinances as to what and where too.

    Really gets messy if one gets into the permit area too if you want to fly legally for commercial use in LA - or maybe even non-commercial. Some off-duty cops are monitors for the FilmLA licensing/permit outfit and know. I read of a drone shoot where they had to block crosswalks and sidewalks for a certain time length (2 minutes max. for drone flyovers.) and the entire production made out of doing all that would break most's bank accounts to do so legally. If it was a union shoot, no doubt they would hire actors or stunt people to be in the crosswalks too and keep John Q. Public safe on the sidelines.

    Your successful flight will be the one that you don't get the po-po involved with you telling you otherwise. Good luck.
     
  4. Bruce H

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    It is a little frustrating trying to find out information about where I can fly and where I can't. There was this blog post at hivemapper from Jan of this year, but evidently it wasn't long after that new rules were put in place that basically took away most of those places in the post (6 out of 10 by my count). They made another blog post in July called Where NOT To Fly A Drone In Los Angeles that basically nullified a bunch of the locations they mentioned in the previous blog post.

    I'm just getting into t his hobby and I'm a little disappointed that it's a struggle to find some good areas to practice. I feel like a lot of these laws that have been laid down by Los Angeles, like no flying at any LA city or county parks, etc. were rushed knee jerk reactions to a few incidents involving drones being flown where they shouldn't have been.

    I think we need some sort of organized group of drone pilots that can work with the city to try and relax some of these laws, or maybe bit by bit open up certain areas that are currently restricted. The current FAA regulations are pretty common sense and would probably cover a lot of cases so that there wouldn't be a need for as many local regulations. Just my two cents.

    So far, it looks to me like the map at hivemapper.com is pretty useful for seeing the restricted areas. It shows the airport 5 mile radii and shows all the parks in green (maybe red would have been a better choice, but it works).
     
  5. JesterPhotog

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    do you have a Part 107? if so then you need to follow those rules.

    but if you are just flying for fun and are not a Part 107 Pilot you just need to notify the airports within 5 miles. So depends which beach you go to, but head north past Malibu. I don't recall many airports up there, so you don't have to notify that many (as in the middle of LA). As long as you are not over people. You are one step closer to having aerial freedom. FAA website has rules for you. Sorry i don't have the link.