Where it is Appropriate to Fly your Drone in Los Angeles

Because Los Angeles has a lot of airports, finding best places to fly a drone concerns a lot of hobbyists. It is very frustrating for a drone pilot to know that some of the best scenic spots perfect for aerial views are being restricted. The Federal Aviation Administration issued guideline which states that a drone flyer needs to ask permission from the airport control tower if they are going to fly their copters five miles from an airport.

The said guidelines also state that you may be allowed to fly within the restricted five-mile radius from the airport. However, flying will have height restrictions.  The closer you are, the lower your height altitude ceiling will become. Example, within 1.5 miles, you can only fly your drone to a maximum of 35-foot altitude ceiling. At five miles, the restriction goes to 400 feet. With this in mind, take note that most touristy areas in Los Angeles are within the five-mile restriction from LAX. It includes Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and the University of California.

Other places to avoid flying a copter are the areas covered by the National Park. This includes the entire Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation lands. Also included in this territory are: Malibu Beach, Topanga State Park, Zuma Beach Country Park, Pepperdine University-Malibu Campus, among others. There are no formal restrictions about flying drone near military facilities. But just to be safe, avoid these places altogether. Military installations are scattered throughout South California.  Be sure not to fly your drone in Seal Beach as it is near a military base. You do not want to get arrested because you were flying your drone in zones that are not permitted. You’ll most definitely wind up in the news.

So where can you legally fly your expensive hovering camera? The basic FAA rule in all cities in the United States is as follows: the unmanned system should be less than 55 pounds, maximum altitude is 500 feet, speed less than 100 mph and should be within the sight of an operator on daytime.

To give you an idea of where to safely fly your drone in Los Angeles, CameraLends.com has filmed the entire city and identified the places that are restricted and areas that are drone fly zones. In their website, you can see that places like Fernando Valley and Pasadena are free from restrictions.

You can capture great coastal views of the Huntington Beach, areas in Newport and the Santa Monica Pier. Most parts of the coastal highway are drone friendly zones, except those near military camps like the Ventura County and Camp Pendleton. Another place that is appropriate to fly your drone in Los Angeles is the Hollywood Hills where you can get a dramatic aerial view of a favorite tourist attraction.

 

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