Can you fly a Drone in CHICAGO? – KEN HERON

Ken tries to fly a drone in Chicago with mixed results.

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  1. Bearly Fishin’ on August 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Gotta question. 1:07 what ran across the road. No clue why I saw that😂

  2. Joe America on August 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    In Chicago it is a big bucket of Mush..

  3. hurricane watcher on August 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Chicago has the prettiest skyline, bar none. Pan and thin style pizza is best in chicago.

  4. WESLEY XIS on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    please someone explain to me. which animal crossed the avenue? at 1:05 minutes? Cat? mouse?

  5. AerialsByAndre on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    cool! i gotta fly around Chicago soon

  6. wheelinshustle84 on August 17, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Should have came 60 miles south I would have met up with ya!!

  7. Lee Stevens on August 17, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Deep dish pizza = Pizza Cake

  8. Ray The Drone Guy on August 17, 2020 at 9:29 am


  9. Douglas Kirschbaum on August 17, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Hi Ken, that first area that you area you attempted off of Wacker and Jackson I recently had the exact same interference issues and sadly lost my drone in the river after a shaky flight…. Its nice to see that I was not the only person having this issue. Soon I hope to get another one. I believe I will be going with the Phantom next. I would have loved to meet you. You have a great channel. Thanks!

  10. El Smeghead on August 17, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Being cautious and responsible Ken says, "I won’t fly over that 1 dude"
    Next shot, stupid woman walks directly under Ken’s drone!

    I had a jogger almost run into mine in a park.

  11. J Hook on August 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Next time you visit Chicago…Give me a holler. I know all the good spots to park and open areas. I’m your guy!!!

  12. Kevin Coughlin on August 17, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for posting Ken. Much of downtown Chicago is now uncontrolled airspace, thanks in large part to former Mayor Richard M. Daly for abruptly ordering the closure of Class D Meigs Field in the middle of the night March 30, 2003. He did so on the name of "Homeland Security". By this action, Daly in effect declassified the downtown airspace from controlled Class Delta to uncontrolled Class G. Registered UAS are generally permitted to fly in fly in Class G airspace as long as they are obeying the rules of Part 107. So everyone complaining about drones in downtown Chi-Town can blame ol Dick Daly! Step right up for your Darwin Award!

  13. Jad Omar on August 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Hi , great shots ,
    But is it Legal for a dji mavic mini to fly in the down town or take shots ( you don’t have to register it what google says because it’s small )


  14. Drone Redneck on August 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Awesome footage Ken!

  15. Savage Mister on August 17, 2020 at 9:34 am

    I wanted you to fly by Abe Froman’s house.

  16. Marcel Jeannin II on August 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Great footage of the city Ken,thanks!

  17. Raymond Brown on August 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Great work Ken as always. Loved it. 👍

  18. stride82288 on August 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Glad you had a good time in the Chi

  19. Joseph Leone on August 17, 2020 at 9:35 am

    absolutely gorgeous shots

  20. ROTTER on August 17, 2020 at 9:36 am

    chicago isn’t a bump you on the head and take your stuff….i live there. bad areas everywhere…yes it is still called the SEARS TOWER.

  21. Droning And Going on August 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

    This is so cool, I though that the cool parts of Chicago were in a no fly zone! I should go here and fly some day! After all, I live an hour away!

  22. Bobbydog66 on August 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    2:02 Thank you for putting that in there.

  23. Don Long on August 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Thanks Ken,I live just north of Chicago. So many places to fly. I still have not made it to the lake front. It is a beautiful city. Sunrises are my favorite. Take care, Don Long

  24. TAPP Channel on August 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    wow thanks for that video… My drone video is the most popular in chicago with almost 500K views any many haters about that 😀
    BTW the reason why you couldn’t go higher than 30ft is because you didn’t had solid GPS connection at that spot 😀 and that app wont let you go higher than that if you don’t have at least 8GPS connections

  25. Jan Spoelstra on August 17, 2020 at 9:41 am

    What crossed the road at 1:05 into the video?

  26. PAWs Thoughts on August 17, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Awesome footage, I live here and you still awwwwwwwwe me.

  27. Truther MA1 on August 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Hahaha, love this one. I was born & raised in Chicago & lived in mobile Alabama & love them both.

  28. allmopars on August 17, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I’m sure you know but there is a hand full of apps that work with popular drones that will get around geo fencing. Electro magnetic interference will still fight you.

  29. Terry on August 17, 2020 at 9:46 am

    More More, get on the UK .. Gerkin/Shard?

  30. Joy Cool on August 17, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Pizza is MUSHHHH :^P

  31. MrPlaneTalk on August 17, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Why did the drone stop climbing in your initial attempt? You said “geofenced?”

  32. Derek the Strategist on August 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

    It’s still the Sears Tower… No Chicago native will ever call it the Willis Tower.

  33. Joe Pelayo on August 17, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Next time you’re in Chicago and looking for a parking spot download and use the spothero app. Also, you’re awesome.

  34. Dinky Shop on August 17, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Nice footage. A beautiful city. That’s Field Museum at 6:05 just north of Soldier Field (Bears), and that’s harbor lakefront (not a river walk) at 7:05 just east of Shed Aquarium. Beautiful footage. (Must have been after 1pm hour ? Guessing by sun position.) Morning shots take best advantage of the eastern facing Michigan Ave buildings (vs shadows on eastern face after 1pm.) Love the drone tips!

  35. Rich H on August 17, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Do NOT criticize Chicago deep-dish pizza!

    Seriously, I’m glad that you shot some great footage while you were there. It’s been more than 10 years since I was last in the Midwest, but I used to spend a lot of time in Chicago. I’d heard that drones are pretty much banned there, so I’m glad you got it off without getting into any trouble.

    The Buckingham fountain, if I remember right, was dedicated by a sister to her brother who died at a young age, and she left enough money to the Parks Department for its care, that as of about 10 years ago, that money was still making enough money to pay for all operation, maintenance, and repairs of the fountain. No city money was ever spent on it. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Timothy Kelly on August 17, 2020 at 9:55 am

    You learned what I did when I tried to fly the PA State Correctional Institution on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Although the LAANC system doesn’t show any advisories, DJI has it geo-fenced off. It’s been shut down for several years now.

  37. Gordon R on August 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Hi Ken, What’s the rules for flying in San Fransisco? any good place you can suggest? I am a hobbyist and I have registered my drone is there anything else I need to do so I won’t get into trouble as im from Austalia.
    Nice Videos btw …

  38. StoneE4 on August 17, 2020 at 10:00 am

    If you want a good Chicago pizza you need to go with a thin crust. Deep dish is tourist food.

  39. HighlandHippie on August 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Ken, this Chicago video is gorgeous! I am torn between the Philadelphia early morning footage from December 2017 and this. You kill it on cityscapes! I’m curious. The video was so perfect for the Chicago footage, did you use a polarizer filter? It just has a certain quality to it that is awesome. Please let me know if you come to Louisville to fly.
    – Robert Snyder (highlandhippie)

  40. Proctor Willson on August 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

    That dronie at the river was a great bit of flying. I am still thinking how to work the sticks and plan to practice that one.

  41. Mike Clarke on August 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    deep dish is a "PIE" real pizza is thin, but then not a fav of NY either, best Pizza here is a little hole in the wall place making Greek style with Gyro meat, best ever!

  42. Fotoshutter on August 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I use airmap.. I summit my flight plan and I always get a message saying "your flight has been summited but no authorizations on your behalf". Then the timer starts. So whats the point of asking when they dont authorize?

  43. Kurt paffel on August 17, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I’ve been driving truck for 20 years and every time I go through the loop at night and see the skyscrapers with the lights on it’s just like watching a movie👍

  44. Alex Bolden on August 17, 2020 at 10:13 am

    It will always be the Sears Tower to us Chicagoans lol…Always!!!😎

  45. Droning And Going on August 17, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I was flying my drone and this cop told me that the railroad tracks were private property, so I couldn’t fly over them. Is this true?, because the tracks may be private property, but I’m sure you could still fly over it.

  46. Philip Joseph on August 17, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I know it would be illegal to fly as high as the Sears Tower outside of the 400 feet radius, and since we can’t go higher that we have already tried, I’m wondering how far away would you have to be before your drone would even reach the height of the Sears Tower and as your flying towards it would it be forced stopped or automatically be forced down? interested to know what would happen if this was attempted.

  47. Alkaye Media on August 17, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Kenny!! my town…contact me, buddy

  48. Mark Maxwell on August 17, 2020 at 10:15 am

    That’s my neighborhood in the sunrise shot! Museum Campus (where you were) is a great place to fly.

  49. Lee Kidman on August 17, 2020 at 10:19 am

    HERON! done it again lad! simply stunning!

  50. Phil W on August 17, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Did you try Navy Pier? I think that would be a great location to get footage. That is, if you can find a parking spot

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