Is Flying Drones over Private Property Legally Permissible?

Is Flying Drones over Private Property Legally Permissible?

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Our caller for today, Alan is in a bit of a quandary. Alan’s local church has a strict no-drone policy. Security officials at the church are even trying to prevent him from flying over the church. Can local organizations like these prevent drone pilots from flying over their private property?

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02:43 – Today’s question is about local organizations preventing drones flying over private property
03:47 – Do organizations have the right to prevent drone flight?
06:25 – Should Alan attempt to build a relationship with his local church?
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  1. Triple T on May 2, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Can not fly over people… drone is breaking law.

  2. EstimatingONE DiscoveringTHREE on May 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    We can demand our right to fly, but if you push it when not necessary, it’s just a matter of time until laws will change and gfy will be a reminiscence thought

  3. MVPisME on May 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Can I legally shoot my shotgun on my property and accidentally hit a drone!

  4. happy2watchu on May 2, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    So does that allow me to fly a drone over a concert and record and stream live the concert.

  5. Phil C on May 2, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    If you fly over a place that you know doesn’t want you flying then you are going to ruin the drone hobby.

  6. Enemy Fleet on May 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    0:57 – "Resignate"???

  7. unknown 1984 on May 2, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    "What do they have to hide" famous line of all tyrents

  8. UnfortunateCovid19 Long Hauler on May 2, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    There are 3 drones, that have been flying under 400 ft, and snapping pics of us while outside at night. I live in PA, and this most DEFINITELY is invading our privacy. They strobe right in our faces with the white flashing light. I have a brain tumor and in addition to the massive invasion of privacy, the strobing, flying light that is more than likely photographing me, sets me off into seizures, because it is flying so close by! I used to love to stargaze, and now I hate walking out my back door at night. How should I handle this situation? I’m all about the beautiful photography and appreciate the hobby of drone photography and videos, however, I feel my situation I’m dealing with, may be an actual issue. Any advice is appreciated! I dislike causing problems for anyone, but I dislike what’s going on in my backyard, even more strongly.

  9. Semper Fido on May 2, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    What causes drones to suddenly lose guidance. Concentrated microwaves? Cellular Towers?

  10. Denis Ruckterstuhl on May 2, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Im LDS, i understand if all members fly in chappel parking, that can be a problem, but ground and building was pay by members money and belong to church but sky belong to drones FAA recordeds, and we can fly as church has no meetings, so no problems during weeks days. Mormons leaders dont know the law, they dont fly drone, so we can teach LDS bishopric about what they dont know, but better by email or printeds papers. For drones, there is no privat property, they own 2 meter sky over house roof, just to repair brocken roof, over, a drone is legal. Mormons have big parking, go at end or in pedestrian way, outside church belonging

  11. John Markey on May 2, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Some guy carrying a glock coming on my property trying to retrieve his shot-up drone. Lol

  12. SUJAY D on May 2, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Where can I find the memorandum? Can someone guide me on this.

  13. Unlisted Youtube Video on May 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    What would be super helpful would be to do a short 1 minute or less video of your contact from the FAA introducing himself and then addressing the issue of the pilot having the right to fly over buildings and the fact that it is a felony to try to prevent someone from doing so. This way everyone could pull that video up from the DroneU Youtube channel and educate anyone that is giving a pilot a problem, including responding law enforcement. There are likely a dozen or so subjects that your FAA guy could do one-minute videos on. For a subject like that, the video needs to be short and from a person of authority – even if it is a local police officer and not the FAA.

  14. Chad Gilmore on May 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Drone haters don’t want to be educated

  15. Yosa yogi on May 2, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    This start up song sounds like Star talks song on Neil Degrassi Tyson show.

  16. Derrick Williams on May 2, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Although I would love to whip out an FAA preemption, black folk get killed by cops on routine stops these days.

  17. flipteezy on May 2, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    2:42 intro.

  18. Be Foreal on May 2, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    It’s the creepy people that want s to lookin and c what u doing or pervert lookin in the windows at your kids or wife . Or whatever

  19. Derrick Supan on May 2, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Be nice Paul 😂😂 GFY!!!!

  20. Darin Sharp on May 2, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Even if through some legal loophole you can go on or over private property, stay out, especially if asked not to. They own it, so respect their freedom.

  21. bushbeard_ the_great_and_terrible_hermit on May 2, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    You must be 400ft above private property for both professional and recreational flight. If you fly low over my property, you deserve to have to come see me face to face to retrieve your drone.

  22. wa4aos on May 2, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    GFY back at you. As a licensed private pilot, property owner and drone pilot, I understand both sides of this problem. To tell someone to GFY because they don’t like you flying over their property is exactly why the FAA is in the middle of RPIC rulemaking which may limit all drone flights to small fields and away from other people’s property. AND if you can find such a place, expect to pay to play. Real estate is EXPENSIVE and getting more so daily!!
    There have been many abuses of drones flying and invading people’s privacy. And on their own property makes this a valid concern.
    What if a woman desires to sunbathe on her patio with a privacy fence and in the nude. Should she have to worry about jerks with high resolution cameras and with zoom ability watch her enjoying her privacy on her own property? This just one of many examples which are valid.
    I hope to continue to fly my ZD850, large frame hex around my area. One neighbor has already considered the airspace above her house to be her property and does not want me to fly over "her space," Instead of fighting it out, I avoid her property lines. Some battles are just not worth the time.
    If you keep up your GFY attitude, the FAA rules under present consideration will tell all RPIC’s to GFY. I would understand if they did rule heavily against all of us based on your cavalier attitude.
    BTW" the term GFY has been around for MANY decades and is not inside info in your small and diluted world of immaturity, as you seem to mistakenly believe. GFY !!!

  23. Hawkwind Droneworks on May 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Specific to this case: It does not appear that this is a client request that the church be flown. The caller seems to want to overfly the church for his own reasons, whether for profit or not. The caller indicated that he has been approached by church authority and asked not to overfly. Legally he cannot be restricted…HOWEVER…
    One of the tenets of American society is the Freedom of Worship. An ethical argument can be made that the congregation has a reasonable expectation of respect for the sanctity of their place of worship. As Americans we should be vigilant against those who would use the freedom of the skies to harass faith communities with drones. If the church authorities have made this policy know to the community the responsible thing would be to respect that policy. There seems to be no compelling reason not to in this case.
    Near Chicago there is the scenic Bahá’í House of Worship, sometimes known erroneously as the Bahá’í Temple. Since their community’s form of worship involves quiet contemplation, drones are a nuisance when they fly over the prayer gardens. The facility has had to post "Drone Flying Prohibited" notices around its perimeter. (Not prohibited by law, but by policy) I have found that there is no need to overfly the area since angled views from 100 yards outside their property lines is more than scenic enough to get great images. Don’t get me wrong. I love flying churches and steeples. But the moment someone in authority at the church takes an issue, I’m perfectly willing to land and respect their wishes, merely as a courtesy and an act of good will.

  24. John Markey on May 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Most people will just shoot it down

  25. Chester Ednave on May 2, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    talk is to much… 80% is nonsense .. but i have a question.. can you fly a drone a in La Habra Calironia over private property?

  26. Saville Creations on May 2, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Some input here. About a year ago I was stopped by a gentleman at one of the referenced churches. He told me that the local law prohibits flying over any church building. I let him know that that was not accurate. He wrote down my license plate and said he was going to report me. He also said he would have a letter sent to me from a lawyer. So I proactively called the law office myself and spoke to one of the lawyers. He was very kind, said he was a drone enthusiast himself and said he didn’t believe any such policy was possible. We both got a good laugh.

    While the so called security guard was incorrect, I do understand the importance of being respectful. Many faith meetings, weddings etc take place at places of worship. Don’t interrupt or distract from what people are there for. Pick times that houses of worship are closed or fly at heights or distances that you don’t interfere with people…either by noise or proximity. This of course is true regardless of what type of location you are flying by. Thanks for the question and thanks for the video.

  27. Sam Boyer on May 2, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Resignate? 🤣

  28. Mark Brill on May 2, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Paul and emotional maturity do not go together. He defiantly thinks everyone else on this planet is below him and should respect just because he exists
    It is people like him that make the general public sceptical of the drone community. Simply put Grow up and have a little respect for the rest of us.

  29. Yafo, Is on May 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    you ever heard of Doris Hansen, has a YT called “what eve it this?”

  30. Allstylesproduction on May 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    What are the rules for flying on your own land, as a hobbyist? I have a DJI mini 2 and a registered Mavic air.

  31. Frank Baine on May 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Before you get too froggy there "Fearless Leader" (seriously?) about where, when and how drones are legally flown, post your address so others can LEGALLY bring some drones in, on or around whatever "property" you call home operating within the parameters you so gleefully mentioned including the off duty police officers (glad you like them) and bits of paper to thrust in faces and see if that’s all cool with you.
    I’m guessing you live alone and there is no significant other to assist in your decision making.
    Just want to know if this stance is the real thing or it ends up sinking in hypocrisy.
    There is a balance between privacy, legality, ethics and drone operation *and* treating others as you would like others to treat you.

  32. HRC IS A SKANK on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    You don’t own the airspace about your house or yard.

  33. Richard Lowe on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Probably have angels flying over the church …could result in a collision.

  34. bushbeard_ the_great_and_terrible_hermit on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    You sound EXACTLY like the kind of guy i don’t want flying a drone over my property.

  35. clocksurfer on May 2, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Is flying an Airbus A380 over private property legally permissible? Okay, then…

  36. Jason Edmundson on May 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I live in North Carolina out in the country in a neighborhood! Can I fly around my neighborhood and fly over neighbors houses??

  37. J. Matthews on May 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    It should be illegal… my neighbor hovers over my house with his camera drone for no reason but to intrude

  38. David Rabitor on May 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    This information is great, please include a link to the memo so I can include it in my fly pack.

  39. forrest gump V on May 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    If anyone is flying one over my property , it might get accidentally shot down and accidentally fall into a fire.

  40. mshell59 on May 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    GFY! Love it. just subbed.

  41. Jerry Luttig on May 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Some people just like to hold you back.

  42. Unlisted Youtube Video on May 2, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    If someone was against you flying over their property, but you did anyway and hit a tree limb or otherwise caused your drone to crash onto their property, what are your rights as it pertains to the recovery of your drone?

  43. Fatty McButterpants on May 2, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    U.S. vs Causby SCotUS established right of property in the air above one’s land – up to 365 feet above one’s property. Any thoughts?

  44. John Chilton on May 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Simple answer is yes, unless it spoils the enjoyment of their property, there are no laws that are currently enforceable regarding the airspace above someone’s house, if there were it would open a can of worms that nobody wants to tackle right now, especially not our governments. Also there’s no automatic right to privacy, again it opens up a can of worms for so many organisations and governments it’s not worth trying to produce legislation for.

  45. tytto on May 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    My exfriends have some sort of mental illness or personality disorder to have a sent a drone on our property at least twice after already telling them to stay away from us. People need to have more rights.

  46. Earsonfire on May 2, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I flew a church recently. 1st I contacted them, gave my credentials and intent. Asked what they "thought" about it and they welcomed my request with open arms. No problem at all. The main thing always is to approach with a professional, polite, and suggestive manner. If that doesn’t work then you can "be like Paul" LOL!

  47. Peacock Land Mgmt on May 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Don’t some states have laws against flying drones over private property without receiving permission first? Like GA, MI, TX, CA

  48. Letsgo Brandon FJB on May 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    The Operations Over People rule became effective on April 21, 2021. Drone pilots operating under Part 107 may fly at night, over people and moving vehicles without a waiver as long as they meet the requirements defined in the rule. Airspace authorizations are still required for night operations in controlled airspace under 400 feet.

  49. JAHPhoto RCFPV on May 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Does this apply to rec pilots as well?

  50. pope luke on May 2, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    In michigan we shoot them all down shouldn’t be flying over my private 100 acres over the past 4 years we’ve got 3 of them no ones ever had the balls to try to come get them back so don’t even know who’s doing it because the neighbors shoot them as well.

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