You can fly Drones in the Sedona area – Do your research before flying of course

You can fly Drones in the Sedona area – Do your research before flying of course

All over the Sedona Arizona Area drone enthusiasts come across No Drone Zone signs. Subscribers on this channel have asked about the area over the past year, especially after a recent video. After some Labor Day weekend research I learned that there are places around Sedona that are okay to fly.

Drone pilots need to do more than check 1 app, or 1 website. Checking with Skyvector, Airmap, and Kittyhawk I learned a lot about the Airspace in Sedona, Wilderness areas, and Class G Airspace. Simply put, stay out of the wilderness areas (shown on Skyvector and Airmap). Beyond that, and provided you’re operating in a safe manner, there are opportunities for some great images and video from your drone in Sedona.

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  1. souocara38 on August 30, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I recently heard that UAsidekick is a good app.

    Aside from the political stuff my impression of air map is that it’s not strictly representing the sectional charts but has a lot of suggestions which I don’t really, personally enjoy. I could be wrong about that though because I haven’t used it a lot. I became turned off to it pretty quick…

    One thing you didn’t mention in the video is drones being banned from the air versus people standing on the ground controlling drones being banned. Those signs might indicate that you’re not allowed to take off and land which is different than an air space thing.

    I wanted to post a picture but then I realized this isn’t Facebook so I can’t do that however I’ll explain what’s been explained to me. A sign that doesn’t have an ordinance on it is basically worthless legally. Apparently a city or other government agency can’t just put up a sign to ban something or otherwise regulate it unless there is ordinance backing it up and that ordinance should be on the sign

  2. Jack Osilka on August 30, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Rich, I live in Williamson Valley, AZ but have a Prescott address. Been flying my MP for over 3 years now as a hobbyist. You mentioned Granite Mtn Wilderness area – I live about 2 miles from there but do not fly in the restricted zone.

    You also mentioned that Lynx Lake is a "wilderness area" & you suggested it is a ‘restricted’ area. I disagree! Lynx Lake becomes a TFR when the eagles are laying eggs & rearing young. I found this out from the lake’s park hosts & it is posted in the local papers. I have flown at Lynx Lake a number of times with the full blessing of the host.

    BTW, I appreciated your discussion on the Sedona area & their use of unenforceable "No Drone" signs. I have been there numerous times & have always been disappointed by the signs. Now that LAANC is available, I must check out the area again to take advantage of the magnificent sights… Thankx!

  3. wildlifr on August 30, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    My understanding is that wilderness areas are like national parks in that no one can stop you from flying over them, but we’re not allowed to land, take off, or operate a drone from within the area?

  4. Larry Schad on August 30, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    So how do the tour helicopters get around flying in wilderness areas? They truly ruin the wilderness experience and some fly quite low, definitely inside the 400 foot window. Also, B4UFLY doesn’t have wilderness areas either, which I guess isn’t surprising since Kittyhawk made it for them. I"m going to use Skyvector for an overview then switch over to Airmap to fine-tune it as it allows you to zoom in much closer with a satellite imagery overlay.

  5. JuniorQ on August 30, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Nice vid Rich. Haven’t many replies recently from you but going to ask anyway, btw I live 40 minutes North of Sedona, what’s with the 249gram mini drones? Do these fall under the same requirements as their bigger brothers & sisters? I really want to use this little DJI Micro to capture some MTB footage.

  6. vintagegirl1961 on August 30, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Doc the Haywood

  7. Adam Eccleston on August 30, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Great information, thank you for sharing.

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