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MaddogMavic

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I've registered under 336 for $5. I've practiced with (and crashed--a lot) a $100 drone to get the hang of the controls. I've watched a million YouTube videos. So, now, I'm basically a professional pilot. I'm ready to fly my Mavic Pro.

I looked at B4UFly and I'm about 3 miles from a hospital helipad. I found the "airport manager" number on the FAA website. How do you handle hospitals?

I'm also about 4.75 miles from 3 other helipads and 1 "airport". The 3 helipads are all private ranches. The "airport" must have been registered but never constructed. It is identified as a 1100' dirt runway, but is actually a giant wooded area of land. How do you handle these?

Thanks for the help.
 

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I would not bother contacting anyone, just be mindful that helicopters can come from any direction and at lower altitudes.
EDIT: And of course, keep your Mavic in sight and under 400' at all times.
 

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As far as hospitals, I've found the numbers tend to be for facilities staff or security, but they've always understood what I'm calling for.

I also call private airports and helipads, not infrequently the number listed by the FAA is non-working or no longer accurate. In those cases I don't bother calling in the future.
 

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I've registered under 336 for $5. I've practiced with (and crashed--a lot) a $100 drone to get the hang of the controls. I've watched a million YouTube videos. So, now, I'm basically a professional pilot. I'm ready to fly my Mavic Pro.

I looked at B4UFly and I'm about 3 miles from a hospital helipad. I found the "airport manager" number on the FAA website. How do you handle hospitals?

I'm also about 4.75 miles from 3 other helipads and 1 "airport". The 3 helipads are all private ranches. The "airport" must have been registered but never constructed. It is identified as a 1100' dirt runway, but is actually a giant wooded area of land. How do you handle these?

Thanks for the help.

I've seen a number of people post that the operator has told them they wouldn't authorize their flight or told them not to fly. You're really just notifying them that you'll be flying & not asking for permission. Most people have found that its a waste of time to contact anyone & just be smart when operating the Mavic.
 

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If the DJI go app allows you to fly, then fly. You are not in a NFZ.
If it tells you to unlock before you fly, think twice about it and fly if you want. Still not in an NFZ
If you hear a helicopter coming, get out of the way before its upon you.
If you are in an area not safe to fly, the app wont (shouldnt) let you.
 
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If you are in an area not safe to fly, the app wont (shouldnt) let you.

Will / should, something let you know on the controller?