Where to Fly a Drone in Los Angeles | Best Places to Practice in the City

Where to Fly a Drone in Los Angeles | Best Places to Practice in the City

Are you a new drone operator in Los Angeles who is looking for a place to practice? Are you frustrated with the lack of open spaces? Do you need a place where you can fly and master the controls? If so, you’re in luck. In this video, we share our top two spots in LA where you can safely fly and practice using your drone without fear of citation.
Keep in mind that there are places in LA where you can legally fly, but they are quite limited. We recommend getting your FAA Part 107 certification which not only allows you to fly commercially, but it teaches you information around airspace classifications, weather patterns, and overall best practices when operating and maintaining a drone. Getting a certification will give you knowledge that will make you a better UAS/UAV pilot.
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– Apollo XI Model Aircraft Field (6201 Woodley Ave, Encino, CA 91436) ⇨ https://goo.gl/maps/p59Fy2e6qhJ2
– San Fernando Valley Flyers ⇨ https://www.valleyflyers.club
– Rose Bowl Lot H (1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103) ⇨ https://goo.gl/maps/WDEQfbEuQqr
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  1. DAD on October 3, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I wish you list more locations as I just got mavic mini and can not find any beautiful place to flight over to film.. Do you know if El scorpion trail also restricted ?

  2. Kenny Ross on October 3, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for the video! Do you need a license to practice flying?

  3. Prince Erick on October 3, 2021 at 7:56 am

    You Mean Los ,

  4. Nicholas Halic on October 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Went to lake balboa and found the spot referenced in the video but my mavic air would not take off. I do not understand especially because it is posted as a drone flight zone

  5. David farfan on October 3, 2021 at 7:58 am

    I can fly my drone DJI spark on the hollywood sign? it is a big problem to transport drones to the USA from anther contry?

  6. Gregory Dahl on October 3, 2021 at 7:58 am

    An FAA app called B4UFLY uses gps to tell you if you are good to go or not . It is free from google play .

  7. Sam van den Berg on October 3, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Hi Ernest!  Are these two locations still valid? Do have any other locations you may share? Thank you.

  8. Kal Fisher on October 3, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for this video!

  9. Wounded Eagle UAS Inc. 501(c)(3) on October 3, 2021 at 7:59 am

    You left out the Whittier Narrows Recreational Park. The field is located in the south-west corner of the park north of the 60 freeway.. This is an AMA sanctioned field and AMA membership is requested. If you fly recreational, join the AMA.

  10. Andres Bonilla on October 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Thank you! I have only used my drone once and it was on Anza Borrego, Los Angeles is tough, lots of restrictions

  11. Tembrock on October 3, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Little snag with the Van Nuys airfield and DJI Drones. You’ll be locked out of flying automatically and unable to fly (despite the dedicated airfield for drones) because of DJI software (this is new I’m told). You have to jump through some hoops by requesting an unlock and you really need to do this at least a day or more before the flight, make sure your unlock is listed on your controllers list of unlocks (forgetting the exact term but it will make sense when you see it) and then make sure you turn your drone and controller on to sync them up before going out in the field. Lot’s of work. I’m a little pissed they went THAT far to make sure you fly safe rather than the helpful warnings. If anyone else has tips on how to perhaps get that done in a more timely fashion I’d appreciate it. I know there is a way. A gentleman at the airfield said, "I’ve seen a guy with a DJI drone walk over and talk to another pilot and a little later he was flying" so I’m guessing there is more than one way to work around this issue. Entirely possible I’ve missed something very obvious since I’m learning the ins/outs of the controller still (I have the dedicated controller, not the one you put your phone in). Thanks for the video!

  12. Jim Newberry on October 3, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Does anyone know where the City of Los Angeles drone restrictions are specified? I searched but couldn’t find them. I did find a CA state site that says State parks and beaches are OK for drones (https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29229). Curious to see the city ordinances that forbid flying drones on city parks and beaches, as mentioned in the video.

  13. BumbleBolt FPV on October 3, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Much appreciated good sir. Headed to LA for a month soon and was on the hunt for a fly spot

  14. Kalle Noble on October 3, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Do you know whether Eaton Canyon allows drones?

  15. Alan Madrid on October 3, 2021 at 8:13 am

    San Pedro friend ship park

  16. Shoot Cut Deliver on October 3, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Last week I was able to unlock my drone just outside my home in Encino – now today it will not work 5.8.19

    Do you know why?

  17. Adrian Arias on October 3, 2021 at 8:15 am

    If your under .55 lbs .. do you need to register ? Please help I have tello drone weighs 80 grams I live in LA.. I’m scarred to take it oit

  18. esdsix on October 3, 2021 at 8:19 am

    There’s another post I found online about other locations, however, I recommend ‘Airmap’ web (online) or Airmap mobile app for Airport ATC authorization(s) and to contact local law enforcement in advance to be sure the city doesn’t enforce against flights ie all Los Angeles city parks ordinance LAMC 63.44B8. State parks are a whole other thing to deal with. I figured I would be more proactive in helping others as well by sharing this information to help others and simplify things. I have not verified (by getting ATC authorization and taking flights) myself other than looking on Airmap app and gathering data for us newbies out there. Just because a zone on the map covers an airport within a 5-mile radius, don’t freak out! You can get pre-approved with FAA Authorization from the airport(s) management AND Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) for airspace in your designated area of flying (each time) you are in a no-fly zone. Although the app provides ‘some’ contact information here are some other resources online, but do keep in mind it’s the cities Municipalities need verification as well, so you are not approached. I suggest visiting Police department(s) ie Captain, Lieutenant or Sergeant in charge. Be sure to get their name(s) before going there so you can request them by name. Then, discuss your intentions as a responsible FAA Registered Drone Operator.

    For example, I’m into photography, graphic design, and video editing for creative purposes, Because drones have so much technological creativity and purpose, they offer a completely different lens above ground level (AGL). Also get some business cards before leaving and put them into your contacts. Who knows, maybe they can build an Ad-Hoc database network so their patrolling officers know that you are in touch with their superiors. I dunno, let me know what you guys think. Just a thought. I’ll start my own Los Angeles based Ad-Hoc network campaign based on what I just said and hopefully, this will pan a more established relationship between drone operators and law enforcement. The key to change is to engage and be active to provide better relations within all communities.

    AirNav (dot) com
    Air-traffic-control (dot) com/faa-atc-facilities

    Some authorizations are accepted digitally through the Airmap app as well. A recent update on Airmaps has integrated DJI drones for usage vs using DJI Go 4 app. Sometimes we need to call airports. Here’s another list of locations, but do check on them, whoever reads this so that we can all collaborate effectively for success!

    * Apollo XI Field (as mentioned by Trip Astute)
    * Some areas of Simi Valley
    * Santa Clarita
    * Palmdale
    * Lancaster
    * Hermosa Beach (a small area, but recommended to visit early due to people traffic)

    I also suggest drone operators to keep up on what the ‘Alliance for Drone Innovation’ droneinnovation (dot) org

    PS. On state parks, correct me if I’m wrong but it says: "Drones are currently allowed in State Parks, State Beaches, State Historic Parks, State Recreational Areas, and State Vehicular Recreation Areas except where prohibited by a District Superintendent’s posted order.” <~~ If interested, I suggest looking into it, I haven’t gotten that far yet on the topic. Find the best resource on all ‘State Parks’ in your area(s) of interest and follow-up by calling to see if a Superintendents Posted Order is in place. Hope this helps! I apologize for being long-winded on the subject.

  19. David Aguiniga on October 3, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Anyone in LA come down to Apollo there is always fpv pilots on any given day.

  20. Ed Jmz on October 3, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Thank you very cool video…

  21. Jay Kay on October 3, 2021 at 8:21 am

    I live outside of the city in the desert. If you want a great place to fly, the desert is a great place to fly.

  22. JosrRocks on October 3, 2021 at 8:22 am

    but overall just hope the cops dont show up , take ur 5 minute clip and leave lol

  23. Trip Astute on October 3, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Just thought I’d add that I’m happy to meet up at either of these locations if you’re looking for company or just needing some help getting started with your drone! 😉

  24. Metalheart 212 on October 3, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Anyone been to Lot H at the Rose Bowl lately? Any restrictions to fly because of COVID-19 closures?

  25. esdsix on October 3, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Great info. There’s only (2) places in all of Los Angeles? Any other recommendations? : )

  26. Shoot Cut Deliver on October 3, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Funny there was some type of geo software update that downloads but does not update, you have the option to ignore.. ?

  27. Brian Peregrina on October 3, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Update as of May 24th 2019 the FAA suspended operations at the Apollo Field pending review of the local airspace and operating procedures.
    The club, Department of Recreations, AMA and the FAA are working together to resolve this matter. Please do not fly UAS (drones, model airplanes or Helicopters) until this matter is resolved.

  28. Jerry Guido on October 3, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Great advise and thank you for taking the time to do this video! I have been looking for a place to fly it

  29. Justin on October 3, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Any good ideas for areas around Santa Clarita valley or does any ok need have experience flying around castaic lake?

  30. Robyn Pix on October 3, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for this excellent video and the comment from Brian Peregrina regarding the Apollo Field not longer open to drones. I will practice at the Rose Bowl tomorrow. Please continue making more vids about drone flying – you have an nice manner and good way of presenting information.

  31. DSCML on October 3, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for this. Brand new drone owner/flier here and will be heading to the Lake Balboa area today! FYI it’s a Parrot ANAFI.

  32. Johnny Octane on October 3, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Thanks so much for this! I’m only in town for a few days but I fly every day at home and I’m dying to rip a few packs. I am going to avoid the hate and not say what I wanted to go fly so I’ll try the Rose Bowl ha ha.

  33. Jose Perez on October 3, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Ernest , didn’t know there such restrictions in LA . At least you get to take with you and share you awesome vacations ! Great review & pointers

    Jose P.

  34. Kenny Bohey on October 3, 2021 at 8:35 am

    "TY" I Will Try 2 Attach A Clip Of My BUGS 3 @ That Field Birds EYE View of Flips & Cyclones…Thanks Again 4 The "TIP" & SEE YAW…Kenny Bohey

  35. Craig W. on October 3, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Bought a Mavic Mini a couple months ago and have been to the Apollo Field a good half dozen times and haven’t had any issues. However it’s right on the border of a Blue Authorization zone so before going I get the area unlocked first. BTW when unlocked your altitude is limited to 196 feet. Not sure how far you can fly but I’ve flown all the way to the Sepulveda dam but I’d never attempt to fly over the 101. I’m sure that’s a big no no.

  36. Ariel Jul on October 3, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I went today at apolo xi field but drones are not allowed anymore😕😢

  37. JayCarl on October 3, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I’m getting really tired about hearing the advertisements for the stupid ass drone School, anybody can pass the test simply by studying using Google and YouTube for free… This was nothing but an advertisement for that bullshit

  38. Tony Owen on October 3, 2021 at 8:43 am

    To update the Apollo XI Field status – it has been reopened, per a new letter of agreement with the FAA. One main restriction is the maximum altitude. It is now 250 feet AGL. No exceptions! Have fun…..

  39. THOMAS KING on October 3, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Try El Dorado Park in Long Beach off of Studebaker rd they have a Drone field you need to pay for entry or buy a yearly pass but it is very nice place to fly and learn the basics.

  40. Alan Madrid on October 3, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I need a good place to fly my dji Fpv

  41. Gabriel Alvarenga on October 3, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I went to Vasquez Rocks Park heading North on freeway 14, there was a sign of No drone zone but it recommends two places designated to fly drones one is at Santa fe Dam but I forgot the other one.

  42. Logan Stockton on October 3, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Nah this is los santos

  43. Rodrigo The grinder on October 3, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Dope I flew mine at Palos verdes

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