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KyserPhoto

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I live in a subdivision and from my backyard can fly around a drainage system free of houses that is kept mowed. There is a walking path through it but I can avoid that area.
I practice here but wonder since neighbors can see me practicing will this be an issue of creating dislike from them knowing I have a drone.
I am new to the area and don't want to create issues but also see no harm in this. Just wondering if anyone else has had any negative responses from neighbors.
 

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Out of sight, out of mind. If they cant see or hear it, theres nothing for them to complain about. A Mavic at 385' is barely louder than a low flying full scale Cessna or Jet Ranger. Some members take off vertically from their home point, climb to 350 or higher, then go cruising.
 

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I think over time it’s obvious to most reasonable neighbors that you have no nefarious intentions. I have a big dry wash 1/4 mile from my house, and have been flying over neighboring houses to get there for a couple years now. Just get where you’re going at a decent height, no hovering over private property, and it should be obvious to anyone interested what you’re doing
 

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Really depends. Some neighbors have no guts and are already scared when they just hear the word "drone". Others will be perfectly fine and even show interest.

I personally don't fly in my neighborhood because I've had some problems with neighbors in the past.
 
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Thanks for the responses. Today as I was learning to fly it I did it in plain sight and at a pretty low level making it obvious I was practicing and only circling the drainage area. I would hope it would be clear a set of binoculars or telescope would be much more intrusive and easier to use to spy.
 
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Yesterday I had a neighbor down the road complain to me about invasion of privacy. First I told him he's not that interesting for me to look at from above. Also told him flying over his house is just the same to me as driving past it. I don't care what's in his front yard or his back yard. Let alone what's on his roof. I got him interested in all the feature s of the Mavic. By the time I was done talking with him he was asking me what is the best inexpensive drone to learn how to fly on. I told him to do some research. Reseach is part of the fun. I did tell him GPS is the way to go. It's not fun losing a drone no matter how cheap it is.
 

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