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

Hi there, it's Ernest from Trip Astute. If you're watching this video, then you're

probably a drone pilot looking to fly your drone in Los Angeles. In this video,

I'll share the two locations where you can safely practice flying your drone in the area.

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Los Angeles is one of the most frustrating places if you happen to own

a drone. The high number of airports and city restrictions make it nearly

impossible to fly your drone without risk of a citation. You can't even fly it

at a park or beach due to city ordinances.

There are even filming restrictions in LA that require you to have someone

monitor your flight to ensure that you're flying safely if you want to use

your drone to officially capture video. I actually got my drone in June 2017.

It's a DJI Spark, so it's a pretty small and friendly drone. However, as I researched

places to fly, I was actually surprised at the number of restrictions that drone

operators face in LA. All I wanted to do was practice flying it and my drone end

up gathering dust since I couldn't find a place to fly it. That is, until I found

two places in LA where you can actually practice flying your drone. The first

place is the Apollo 11 Aircraft Airstrip in Lake Balboa. This is actually an RC

aircraft field, and ironically it's near one of LA's smaller airports in Van Nuys.

While the RC plane community isn't always fond of quad copters or drones,

they do have an area dedicated on the south side of the field where you can

practice flying your drone. You'll see a lot of professional and hobby drone

pilots there, and everyone seems pretty friendly. The helicopter field is open to

the public. It does not require you to get a membership to the club. Though, if

you use it a lot, it probably wouldn't hurt to support the San Fernando Valley

Flyers since they maintain the area. You will want to be careful not to fly your

drone on the airfield side, as there are a lot of model aircrafts flying in the

area. If you're flying your drone, I would stick to flying southwards from the

helicopter pads area. You'll get some good shots of the park

and the 101 and 405 freeway. Also, if the club is having a special event, the

quadcopter field is often closed off. So, I recommend checking the website for any

upcoming events. To get here, all you have to do is head over to Woodley Park and

enter the driveway marked with the Apollo 11

RC Airstrip sign off of Woodley Avenue. From there, just drive down the path and

park your car in the lot. The airfield has plenty of parking

spaces and a public restroom. The second location where you can safely practice

flying your drone is Lot H of the Rose Bowl. While you should never fly into or

along a stadium, this area near the Rose Bowl seems to be a safe zone for drone

operators. I've been here many times and it's a great place to learn the basics

of flying your quadcopter. The only catch is that you shouldn't use the field when

there are a lot of people around or when there's an actual event at the Rose Bowl.

This is usually not an issue during the week, but can be a problem during the

weekends. I have tried to use the field in the past, only to find that there's a

huge kids soccer match in the lot. And those are my top recommendations for

beginner drone pilots in Los Angeles. I've included the address for both

locations in the video description. Of course, there are places throughout LA

County where you can safely operate your drone. However, it always helps to get

some practice flight time under your belt when you're starting out and

learning all the controls and features. Just a reminder: always operate your

drone safely and within the FAA rules. This means maintaining line-of-sight of

your drone, not flying over 400 feet, and not flying over people. If you're like me,

then you're probably feeling a bit paranoid when flying your drone. So

hopefully these places will help build your confidence since you'll be able to

master the basic controls. If you do get more serious about drones,

I do recommend getting your FAA part 107 license. You don't need it as a hobbyist,

but if you want to do any commercial work, then it's definitely required. I

just got mine after taking the Drone Pilot Ground School course taught by

UAV Coach. Taking a prep course isn't required to pass, but the course not only

helped me to get a 95 percent on the test, but I actually felt like I learned

the concepts being taught. Things like understanding

airspace classifications, weather, reading sectional charts, and even best practices

for flying unmanned aircrafts. Plus, the instructor Alan is very responsive to

questions. If you're interested, Alan at UAV Coach has provided our channel with

a discount code. Just used TRIPASTUTE50 to receive $50 off the prep course.

Do you have any favorite places in LA to fly a drone? If so, please share them

below in the comments section. Also, let us know if you have any questions. If you

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