L.A. city attorney files first criminal charges under new drone ordinance Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog: Misdemeanor Criminal Charges Arise Out of Drone Use In Downtown Los Angeles The articles cite two individuals who have been charged with crimes for unlawful operations in LA. The younger individual was charged for flying within 3mi of a hospital heliport. The charges claim this as a violation of the new LA drone ordinance which prohibits flying within 5mi of an airport without authorization from the tower. The prior assumption on this forum was that heliports were excluded from this (as this would essentially make all of LA a no fly zone). My understanding is that the FAA has jurisdiction over where we can fly and local authorities only have jurisdiction to determine where we can take off from or land. I hope these individuals are able to fight the charge and establish a precedent for future pilots. Would be interesting for the FAA to provide an interpretation.