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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pandemonic1, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. pandemonic1

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    Hello everyone!

    I am planning to take my IP1 X5 from Europe with me to Los Angeles next week, and I was just wondering it it's possible to get some aerial shots of Downtown LA legally without worrying about authorities? I was thinking about taking off in places like Vista Hermosa Park or McArthur Park. Is it possible, or banned? I just don't seem to find many videos from Downtown LA, so I figured it might be forbidden. Of course I am responsible pilot, and I know how to prepare safe flight. Actually, it would be good to know how it is in Los Angeles in general. Should I be worried about police? To be honest, I have no idea how it is in USA right now. I would appreciate any input on this one from local flyers!
     
  2. brad90631

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    In LA City you are unable to take off or land from any public property.
     
  3. pandemonic1

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    That's really crazy... So how are the people flying inside of LA City?
     
  4. Dave Armbrust

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    By taking off and landing from private property.
     
  5. Jason1234

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    Aside from local rules about takeoff and landing sites, you must register your UAS. Visiting foreign nationals must register their UAS upon arrival in the United States on the FAA website. You cannot fly for commercial purposes of any kind unless you hold a Part 107 remote pilot certificate.

    If you are planning to fly for recreational purposes, start here:

    Fly for Fun



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  6. White Airwolf

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    Police anywhere really have no jurisdiction over how or if you fly your drone. They are not the governing body. The only time they can stop you is if you are seen flying recklessly.
    Just get the proper FCC 107 or SFOC (Canada) first before you leave home.
     
  7. Jason1234

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    They may have no jurisdiction on flying, but they most certainly have jurisdiction on takeoff and landing sites, and they can enforce other laws like trespass, privacy and harassment laws.

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    Hey, guys. I'm looking at doing a job out in LA for commercial purposes next month. Is there any updates on laws or regs I need to know about or is it still takeoff/ landing from public property is prohibited? Thanks for your help.
     
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    What's the code section or ordinance for this?
     
  10. brad90631

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    The police relied on Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) section 63.44 (b) (8), a little-known statute dealing with city parks which states:

    “Within the limits of any park or other City-owned Harbor Department designated and controlled property within the City of Los Angeles…No person shall land, release, take off or fly any balloon, except children toy balloons not inflated with any flammable material, helicopter, parakite, hang glider, aircraft or powered models thereof, except in areas specifically set aside therefor.”
     
  11. Joola

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    Okay, I thought that's what you might be referencing.

    For the record, it IS NOT illegal to takeoff or land from "any" public property at this time. LAMC 63.44 (b) (8) only applies to parks and the Port of LA. The people cited under that section were flying from Port of LA property.

    It's best to operate from private property whenever possible however, as an backup, you can take off and land from any other public right of way that's outside of parks and the Port of LA.
     
  12. Casey53

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    Be careful in LA area. Each city is now writing their own rules.

    Here is the code from the West Hollywood area: Chapter 9.30 Drones, Upiloted Aircraft and Model Aircraft

    Like this:
    h. No person shall operate any model aircraft or civil UAS within the city to capture, record or transmit any visual image or audio recording of any person or private real property located in the city under circumstances in which the subject person or owner of the subject real property has a reasonable expectation of privacy (including, but not limited to, inside a private office and inside a hotel room). This provision is intended to supplement, rather than duplicate, the prohibition against trespassing into the air space above the land of another person in order to capture any type of visual image or sound recording of a person engaging in a private, personal, or familial activity in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1708.8.

    They do seem to apply the 107 rules to all hobbyists too like no night flights without a waiver, or above 400 feet, etc. if you read their code. For a while they were also assigning their own numbers to the UAV's too after one got tangled up in some power lines.

    There is an agency called FilmLA who does most commercial film permits in the LA area and knows this stuff. It costs you about $660 to start a permit now.
     
  13. Advexure

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    Parks are technically off limits while we see guys flying in parks in our area quite often. My favorite place to fly is up in Pacific Palisades. Definitely be extra cautious if you choose to fly in the downtown area.