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04-21-2014 04:20 PM  6 years ago
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HeliNutAndy

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Is it illegal to fly anywhere?
I am curious on the legality of flying at public parks etc. I am not asking if it is morally correct but if there are any laws that would prohibit me from flying at a public park for example. Where I fly is pretty isolated but I'd like to know if it is prohibited at public places.
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04-21-2014 04:23 PM  6 years ago
Ronald Thomas

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Local laws and ordinances apply there...Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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04-21-2014 04:28 PM  6 years ago
kingmeow

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As stated above, unless there are posted rules saying you can't fly here, then you can BUT use common sense and judgement. AMA has some advice on flying in parks and other public places in their rule book.

Despite sounding like a defeatist, when people show up at public parks and school yards, I usually land and leave, unless they are far away on the other corner and don't approach.
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04-21-2014 04:28 PM  6 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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Yes, It is the first item on the list of the Montgomery County MD park rules.

You can receive a ticket for doing this activity. Most of the time they just tell you to pack your bags and move on... keep doing it and the penalty will be given.
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04-21-2014 04:29 PM  6 years ago
Ace Dude

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Ordinances vary by location and jurisdiction (federal, state, local municipality, etc.), as well as the individual facility itself. The only way to know for sure is to check with the local park authorities.  
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04-21-2014 04:50 PM  6 years ago
KRAR

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Flying near an airport has very specific guidelines you have to follow unless the airport has been designated for RC use. Also I have hear that with in laws any electric is considered a park flyer where gas has not. I dont know if that's true or not but keep common sense in mind. These things can be dangerous so your your best judgement.
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04-21-2014 05:16 PM  6 years ago
michael88997

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in my city I can fly in parks.. but with all the loose dogs I prefer to fly in empty fields
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04-21-2014 05:29 PM  6 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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In early 2008 I attempted to hover my Trex 450 in the unoccupied corner of a large public park located in Plano, Texas. I was trying to learn how the early Vbar system operated, and I didn't feel like driving the long distance to the "real" flying field just to test out some new flybarless head modifications. Within 10 minutes of arriving at the park and beginning my hover/tweak/hover practice, a police officer drove his car onto the grass right next to me and told me I would need to immediately land the aircraft or receive a fine. So yes, there are definitely places where it is illegal to fly. Nowdays I realize that even if it is not illegal, it still sets a bad example to attempt to fly an RC helicopter anywhere inside a public park.Avant RC
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04-21-2014 06:13 PM  6 years ago
fastflyer20

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We were flying at a park this weekend, a cop pulled up to watch and ask inquisitive questions.Tom
CAUTION - my posts are based on my experiences, yours may be different.
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04-21-2014 06:19 PM  6 years ago
rcnut

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We fly at a school. They enjoy watching, even the local cops will stop and say hi and ask 20 questions. When ever there is a school activity or the kids are around, we go somewhere else.Team Miniature Aircraft
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04-21-2014 06:31 PM  6 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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That's funny that you mention the cops. I have a couple heli bags and when I was leaving the place I fly at I popped out of the woods with the bags and a cop was standing there. He asked me what kind of guitars where in the bags? I told him a Goblin and a Logo
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04-21-2014 06:40 PM  6 years ago
BENTDABOOM

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I fly anywhere "within reason" they don't ask me to leave.geeeez gimme a break!!!! many years ago you could fly anywhere and no one whinned/bitched or complained.now ya got the tree huggers, save the whales and nut jobs thatll bitch if ya fart wrong.CAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being
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04-21-2014 06:51 PM  6 years ago
BENTDABOOM

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[quote]Within 10 minutes of arriving at the park and beginning my hover/tweak/hover practice, a police officer drove his car onto the grass right next to me and told me I would need to immediately land the aircraft or receive a fine. So yes, there are definitely places where it is illegal to fly. Nowdays I realize that even if it is not illegal, it still sets a bad example to attempt to fly an RC helicopter anywhere inside a public park.
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so a cop drove on the grass and told you to leave you should have said ok Mr cop Im making a citizens arrest being you are damaging park property by driving on the grass! they seem to think their S--t doesn't stink cuzz their cops and too lazy to park on the street , get outta the car "walk over" and discuss things like a human being I could say some other things but wont.
CAUTION!!! politicians may be hazerdous to your well being
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04-21-2014 07:45 PM  6 years ago
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yeesh.oops, bounced it!
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04-21-2014 07:52 PM  6 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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The main reason I asked this question is that I can't seem to become a member of a local(Within 30 minutes of me)club. I don't know if I smell or what the problem is but I'll be damned if after spending thousands on these models I can't fly them. I've never had so much trouble with a hobby before I got into this one and I've tried most of them. I'm going to take my ball and go home now....
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04-21-2014 07:58 PM  6 years ago
earlwb

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Yes, one needs to research the local city and county rules and regulations or laws about it. Some cities prohibit it and others have no problem with it. Some cities even banned kites too.

Then there are cities than prohibit glow engine or gas engine powered aircraft, but they allow electric powered aircraft instead. Some cities would only allow gliders with no propulsion system on them.

I think that here in Texas, Arlington, Coppell and Plano have banned RC planes from their parks. I think that a few others did too but I don't know which ones yet.

More cities may start doing it as everyone is reviewing their options about it after that one guy accidentally killed himself with a large RC heli in New York. There is a liability issue that they worry about.
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04-21-2014 07:58 PM  6 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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So I was thinking back to the story I told you earlier. And I think I was actually more on the campus of the local high school than I was in a public park. A lot of places the schools and the parks are one-and-the-same with no fence between them, but if I remember correctly (all the way back to 2008), I believe I was in the outfield of a small baseball diamond. So maybe if I had walked another 20 feet so that I was actually squarely in the territory of the public park, it would have been different? I could swear (from memory) that the guy who showed up was a city police officer in a black-and-white car (and not a high school security guard), but I was more concerned with not getting a ticket so I did not stick around to argue with the guy or to ask for his credentials. He did threaten me with a fine, as I remember quite clearly, and he was definitely not interested in sightseeing.Avant RC
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04-21-2014 08:05 PM  6 years ago
earlwb

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It looks like Plano banned them from their parks.
reference http://www.plano.gov/1102/Park-Rules

But there may be exceptions those
Model or remote control boats, planes, gliders, rockets, vehicles, etc. are prohibited, except in designated areas and with a permit.
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04-21-2014 08:06 PM  6 years ago
Stephen Born

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The main reason I asked this question is that I can't seem to become a member of a local(Within 30 minutes of me)club.
Andy,
That is strange that the club denied membership. If you fly safe, abide by the rules, and pay your dues, there should be no reason not to become a member.

Are there any heli pilots there? To whom did you speak to?
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04-21-2014 08:29 PM  6 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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If I were to be told to scram... I would comply and politely ask for the rules and regulations location so that I could see it for myself.

If you are polite, I am sure the officer would not mind. Keep in mind that some officers make up rules and regulations. Once you have researched the local ordinances, keep a copy with you if you experience the officer again.

I know because I had a dog issue one time and I was right, yet the officer gave me the wrong information. I now keep the public library in a cart that I drag around.

In all matters, safety first... don't fly around people or animals.
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