Where can I fly my drone

I don’t have a drone yet and have been putting off getting one for years. I’m currently looking at just getting a DJI Mini 2 for starters. The problem I have justifying the purchase is that everywhere I look, it seems drones are prohibited.

I don’t have a big backyard so that’s a no go.

So what’s the deal? Are these laws and rules just there for safety net should you get caught or do something dumb? Or are ALL drones flown with permission? Seems silly for them to even be sold in stores like Best Buy if you need so many clearances to use it.

I live in northern Delaware. State and county parks have them banned except for special allowances.

Is there a databases anywhere that lists drone friendly areas?

Hold off on hitting pause on that DJI Mini 2 just yet. There’s definitely a way to make this drone dream a reality. You’re right, there are restrictions on where you can fly, but it’s not quite as impossible as it seems.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Those rules are there for everyone’s safety. Drones can be hazards if not flown responsibly. Think about it - you wouldn’t want one buzzing near your head at the park!
  • You don’t necessarily need a ton of clearances. The key thing is knowing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, especially for recreational flyers. In the US, if your drone weighs less than 250 grams (like the DJI Mini 2!), you don’t need to register it with the FAA. There’s a handy website to check drone regulations based on location [FAA drone zone].

Now, for the fun part - actually flying! Northern Delaware might have some restrictions in parks, but that doesn’t mean there are no options:

  • Public parks with allowances: It sounds like you already checked your state and county parks, but some might have designated flying zones with permits. Check their websites or park offices.
  • Open fields: Look for large, open areas away from people, power lines, and buildings. Airfields are a big no-no, but maybe there’s a farmer with a spacious field you could ask permission to use?
  • Drone friendly apps: There are apps like B4UFly or DroneDeploy that show airspace restrictions and can help you find legal flying spots.

So, don’t give up on your drone dreams! Do some research, find a safe and legal spot, and take to the skies! There’s a whole world waiting to be explored from a new perspective.