How to fly a drone Anywhere | Where to fly a drone legally Step by Step Tutorial

How to fly a drone Anywhere | Where to fly a drone legally Step by Step Tutorial

How do I follow the new FAA Rules, Local Laws AND keep my DRONE from being CONFISCATED, get FINES, TICKETS or even ARRESTED by Police or FAA? How do I fly a drone legally in New York City and follow drone rules? If you’re asking what are the NEW drone regulations, what are the new FAA rules for hobbyists, what are the local drone laws, how do I find them, where can I fly my drone near me or how do I find out where to fly a drone, even near an airport controlled airspace … you’re not alone. I receive these questions often on the Alien Drones channel and I think it’s because no one really wants to believe it is such a pain in the neck to truly know where and how to fly legally in the US, and spoiler alert, simply opening up B4Ufly or Airmap and see that it shows “good to go” doesn’t cut it. Nothing exists that brings the federal, state and local rules together in one place, AND it is constantly moving, so in all fairness this ain’t easy! So ignorance is bliss then, right? Secondly, most people simply aren’t willing to put in the kind of effort that is currently required to get a valid answer on where it is legal to fly a drone anywhere in the United States simply for a hobby. Pecking at an app for 30 seconds should be good enough, right? Well, tell that to the officer when he shows up, see how that works for ya! Finding a legal spot locally for that DJI is IMPORTANT as well as the FAA airspace rules so here’s my guide on how I locate a spot that considers most everything before flying in the U.S..

As a side note, as I’m in the U.S. this covers this area so apologies to those in other countries. Pilots outside the US certainly can benefit immensely from the same due diligence process but obviously the details may be different for you in different countries. Wish I could help but hey, I’ve got my own problems here, right? LOL!

Note: There was no flight over people during this flight (Duh). How’s he do that? 😎 Wide angle lenses are too easy to zoom and shift… Ha! Lastly, thank you to my eagle-eye VO for keeping things in sight!!

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Some documents mentioned here:
HR 302: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/302/text/eah
FAA Authority Release Doc: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=22938
FAA Site: https://www.faa.gov/uas/
FAA DroneZone: https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/
Recreational Flier rules: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
Original text of regulation: https://federalregister.gov/d/2019-10169
UAS Maps and Data System: https://udds-faa.opendata.arcgis.com
FAA LAANC System: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions site: https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html
Registering your drone: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/
State Park Entry points: https://csparks.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=964f042b0f7345919cf471b2223c767c

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50 Comments

  1. TrailBlazor59 on June 4, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks for this video, Keith. I really appreciate your showing the details of what you found on the Federal, State, and Local levels. The single unique piece of knowledge I gained was the importance of having written/electronic permission from the landowner, if flying on private property.
    I’ve developed an Operations Checklist for my future business, based on info gleaned from your videos, as well as those from 51Drones, Pilot Institute, and UAV Coach. I would gladly share it with you for your feedback.

  2. IRAMightyPirate on June 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Great video.

  3. Yooper on June 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Nicely done. I have been writing standards of practice for both government and private industry for 50 years. Your sequence is spot-on. Hence, I use a fairly detailed log which covers my….oh you know.

  4. MrKenrwi on June 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    So basically you cannot fly anywhere except Siberia. 🥴 I sold all my drones just to much at stake to fly anymore.

  5. Jose Yabut on June 4, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Follow guidelines and restrictions for those wanting to fly drones, but hard headed don’t buy

  6. dhrdan on June 4, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    great video and very thorough.

  7. Gary Cummings on June 4, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the “Fly it like you stole it tip” very logical.

  8. A Simple Chat on June 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    This helped quite a bit especially as a new owner operator. Understanding the process is what helps us all become better and I’d even say more responsible. I don’t like being fed some brief answer that doesn’t require thought or examination. I’m so glad you got your footage! Beautiful it is! As a purely recreational flyer (with a TRUST cert), can you still fly at night provided you have the mandated 3 statute mile lighting? I’m thinking if anything, I’d like to at least fly on my own property at night. What section or page is this written for 44809?

    Any help is appreciated. I start studying for the Part 107 next week. Would your adventure in “drones are bad for the world” have been eased with a Part 107? I’m new so open to exchanging ideas.

    Looking forward to more of what you produce. Subscribed!

  9. Sanjeev Nair on June 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    This is super valuable information, thank you for making this! This also got me thinking of an idea that there should be a crowdsourced directory by & for drone enthusiasts to refer to, especially when flying in and around national parks. Would make planning things so much easier / stress free 🙂

  10. Joey Ertman on June 4, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    So all you have to do to harass a drone pilot is call the FAA on them.

  11. Blue Energy on June 4, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I used to do all that stuff. Check for altitude restrictions and no fly zones, obtain LAANC approval etc. I still do check, but I don’t obtain LAANC approval anymore. However, I only take it as advice nowadays. I make the final call. I’m part 107 holder for the last 4 or 5 years, I can’t remember. I realized that many of the rules were absurd and not necessary for safe flight. What I do is ensure that no one is injured and no property damaged. I also will stake out the area to get a feeling of what kind of air traffic there is and what directions and altitudes they usually are coming from. I don’t break the 400 foot altitude limit, but I do fly wherever I want. I don’t get LAANC approval anymore because it’s completely pointless from a safety standpoint. That information never gets to the ATC’s or the pilots. It’s just a means of tracking and cataloging drone pilots for prosecution. I fly carefully on my own responsibility. I’ve never caused an accident or any damage or harm to any person. I’ve never interfered with manned flight. I’m sure this will generate an iresome response from many. I don’t really care. I’m tired of these ridiculous regulations that, on the whole, do nothing for the safety of manned aircraft or persons or property on the ground. I don’t answer to anyone and frankly, I take more precautions than they ask for. It’s time to shake off these ridiculous governing bodies concerning drone flight.

  12. Felix Ruiz on June 4, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I love this video !! I’m a safe flyer and follow the rules. your video explain everything i needed to know now. I like what u said "fly it like u stole it" . Me I film what need and get out of there!!!! GREAT JOB keep up with vids cause these new rules coming we need people like u explaining to US.

  13. Steve King on June 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks So Much Keith for this helpful video. I’m really interested in starting w/ a Dji Mini 2 S or possibly even waiting for Mini 3. This will help me learn & be responsible when operating it, So Thanks Again for your efforts in creating & airing this great video ! Sincerely, Steve/Loma Linda, Ca

  14. Chad Gilmore on June 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    They can give me a ticket it will cost them more money trying to chase me up too pay it😂

  15. Rock ONeal on June 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I have a DJI Mini SE purchased. It is being delivered December 24th along with some accessories. I appreciate your work and the work of many others teaching us. The more I study on YouTube, the more I think the purchases I made are a mistake. I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. There are millions of people here. I used to fly part 107 MaxAir two seat ultralights here on floats. We could land on the bays and lakes. We got squeezed out. I don’t want to worry about confrontations or arrest. May return the drone. Just heard DJI is a part of the Chinese military industrial complex. Hard to have clean safe fun these days. Sad times.

  16. AaaaNinja on June 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    DEFINITELY always check with nature preserves and parks. Because I heard about how a drone caused an entire colony of endangered birds to be disturbed and abandon their nests on their island. An entire year of chicks was lost. It was some park in the Pacific, near the Galapagos or Hawaii or something.

  17. MrBuzzBill on June 4, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Learned about FAA airspace.
    Thank you!

  18. David L on June 4, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Great video…thanks…a free Public/ Private property boundary line app, do you know if one Exist? I saw plenty for hunting, was not sure if any exist for drones.. Would be Helpful to monitor public launch and landing areas that not so obvious.

  19. Seawolf on June 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great video! Thanks for taking the time to show us the step by step process of the research part. I will incorporate these steps going forward. Thank you!

  20. Winds Aloft on June 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great video. Very educational. As a instrument rated pilot though, I suggest.. Fly it like you’re in it.

  21. Gordon Hutchinson on June 4, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Nice work, documentation and flying…

  22. Patrick Waugh on June 4, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    San Clemente can pound sand. I’m starting an organization to protect our rights from local government overreach. Anyone interested message me for a link to the group.

  23. Jose Yabut on June 4, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Keep out & No need to buy drones for those hard headed to follow guidelines and restrictions…

  24. Jimanez Agnew on June 4, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Too much BS . Birds are heavier than my drone , and they don’t have go through this crap .

  25. Matthew Kesterson on June 4, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Harvey Keitels little brother?

  26. Eric Lipinski on June 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    That is not right for them to state that about private property. This may cause serious problems between neighbors because they will think you are doing some wrong flying over their private property and start fighting with you over it

  27. El OsO on June 4, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you! This seams like an ignorant question. Can you fly a commercial registered drone as recreational? Or would I need a separate drone for just that.

  28. redbaroniii on June 4, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you so much. Will be going to Pensacola in march. Was worried, but now feel better now.

  29. James M on June 4, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Question? I realize using your deone for monetary gain requires a part 107…

    I primarily want to shoot myself playing music on mountaintops, beaches, etc… and I will be using these videos to promote my music, which I often get paid for. (It is not a full time job) …

    Will I still need a part 107?

  30. mem5922 on June 4, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    All this PITA work could be avoided if the FAA would just implement ‘flying tests’ for drone pilots to obtain a license. You know, just like we do to allow people to drive cars or fly planes. Could work something like this… You take THE drone you want to be licensed for and go to an FAA authorized flight test office where you would take your Drone Test. The test would be designed to completely test your proficiency in flying said drone. Prior to the flying test, you would have had to successfully passed a written test. The flight testing process could be fairly priced (say $50 per test) and the FAA would then have additional revenue to continue improving the safety of drone flying. After successfully obtaining a license, a pilot would be allowed to fly in many more places including over people and vehicles as long as they had qualifying “drone flying insurance”.
    Consider this… drones are not regularly falling out of the sky injuring people on the ground or damaging property. IMHO, the industry is already over-regulated/policed.

  31. John Hudgins on June 4, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Great video! I’ve been doing the same research and it served me well. I got challenged this Spring by a County Park & Rec employee at Anna Maria Island in Florida. What he was telling me ( can’t fly here) did not jive with my research. He told me to call the Sheriffs Dept and they would back him up. I did, explained what I was told and my research and the nice dispatch lady said as long as your in compliance with the FAA we do not mind at all. Felt really proud of myself for knowing the facts. I got some great dolphin video as a bonus!

  32. David Levine on June 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for this – it’s really useful. I have a great suggestion for everyone reading this.

    You do all that research on the federal, state, and local level – you need to do that. What I do, is print out all the relevant regulations and so on, and put them into a three-ring binder, with a huge label that reads, "Why I’m allowed to fly here". I have it ready to hand to anyone (LEO, Karen) who hassles me.

  33. Steve Nelson on June 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I just ordered my first drone and very glad I found your informative video! Thank you!

  34. Wahlee Won on June 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I appreciate your video. Great
    detail on protocol. Unfortunately it reinforced my decision not to get into drone photography. Being a photographer I thought it would be nice to do some Arial phorography through my travels. But as I began researching drone flying I didn’t realize all the restrictions in place. And it just seem more restrictions are being added. I live in Nothern New Jersey and the only place I can fly would be my backyard. Lol.

    Thank you again for video.

  35. JustDaveZ on June 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks so much for this video — very thorough and great approach to a complicated topic. I’ve added links to this and your two videos with the FAA on my own local drone resource site. My county has very draconian drone laws, starting with the faulty premise “Drones can fly at altitudes below the navigable airspace (generally at 400 feet) which is not within the jurisdiction, regulation and control of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)." The laws then go on to vilify drone use and prohibit flight over nearly all property that is not either owned by the drone operator or for which the drone operator has consent. I have reached out to our Country Executive and the legislator responsible for the law and was told "We believe we have passed a proper law and would have to deal with a challenge in Court if ever brought.” I spoke with the FAA and confirmed exactly what you did (as a Part 107 pilot, I already knew this, but wanted to be thorough). There is one case, Singer v. City of Newton, which resulted in the law being struck down by Federal Preemption. Perhaps nobody wanted to be the test case yet in my county, but I intend to do exactly what you did and if I have to be the test case, so be it.

  36. Vital Ral on June 4, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    short story :
    consult with your lawyer before every lift off.
    than call FAA to make sure.
    than call again to make sure.
    than if u see someone on the premecies
    go and ask if they don’t mind.

  37. Sealot on June 4, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    What about a time when flying a drone in a public outdoor space abiding by all FAA regulations perhaps takin aerial pictures in a park with few people and people complain? This is where we need more common rules. Local regulations are hindering people and they need to more align themselves with FAA rules.

  38. TwilightWolfSpirit on June 4, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I love the video as well. I have a lake that is near me that is army corp of engineer property and they prohibit operation on their property. However, there is a state owned/public road that is adjacent to the lake with clear line of sight of the lake. I have searched and see no FAA, county, or state drone regulations in the area other than the army corps.

    My question is can you launch and operate from say the shoulder of public road right of way as long as you do not fly over the highway with your drone.

    And really this question applies to about any situation where there is a public street near to the feature that want to fly near.

  39. Sabbir Ahamed on June 4, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    is this rules for dji mini 2 as well or not. Please suggest.

  40. Joseph Carlson on June 4, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Great video, As a new pilot was very helpful. Thanks

  41. Ian Sullivan on June 4, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Hey man! Great video first of all, but I was curious if you could provide me with the FAA email address? I went to their website and they only have a phone number listed. Thanks for the help.

  42. Joseph Lazur on June 4, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Love the bonus tip!

  43. Duwomaiish Gabrielle on June 4, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Great video, ty

  44. studydude on June 4, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Excellent video, the Drone Rules are confusing, and many of us want to do the right thing, this video is Two Thumbs up, great content and delivery.

  45. Muddy Ruttzz on June 4, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Great video. Tedious but effective method of determining if it’s legal to fly the drone. Thanks very much!

  46. Robert Mcgee on June 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Commiefornia, let San Clemente arrest you then sue .

  47. No Limit Fishing on June 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Wow thanks for the video! Very educational!!!!!

  48. Andy Alderson on June 4, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    "Fly it like you stole it." Hmm… Well, I get it but why should you have to be ashamed of following the law and doing things you are legally able to do? Why should you have to behave like someone with something to hide? Not right. How does anyone even live in California? Thank you for the good information and I will utilize this information in the future because there may be other restrictive areas around. Aside from those, I know I’ll be safe from Cali’s craziness because I’m quite confident I’ll never set foot in that state.

  49. James M on June 4, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Jeeeze… All this makes me want to NOT fly a drone!!

    I recently got my Recreational safety Cert the other day, and obviously..I am attempting to do my due diligence! BUT WOW!…There grey areas, fines, prison…I’d be better safer smoking a meth pipe in front of my police station!

  50. Jacob on June 4, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    It’s sad that it has come to the point where it’s almost not even fun anymore. You have these karens that their sole existence is to make everyone around them miserable or with the FAA guys that say well I’m a real pilot.

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