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New Pilot : SF/Bay Area California

Google and YouTubing this subject only got me so far haha!
I cannot look at the normal flight conditions in your area today as Biden is out there stumping for funds for his reelection campaign. And there is a massive no-fly-zone over your entire area… The map is from my DroneUp App…

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Here is what I was referring to when I wrote search Google…




I thought it was funny when Biden tried to take on the Billionaires when he said they only pay 8% in taxes. He was asked if the Bidens even pay taxes and why was his son Hunter convicted of Tax Evasion?

Be sure to log onto FAADroneZone for lots of information and getting Authorizations to fly in controlled airspace.

Fly Safe
 
In addition to all the other advice: #1 IMHO is to be super vigilant in observing not only the letter of local laws, but also try to be as unobtrusive and respectful of people as possible. Many people are anti-drone, quick to complain to authorities (even if you've gone nothing "wrong"), and also be as welcoming as possible to folks who ask questions (I need to keep reminding myself of this!). Be an Ambassador for safe, responsible, 'cool' drone operations & pilots.
Great tips! Thank you!
 
I cannot look at the normal flight conditions in your area today as Biden is out there stumping for funds for his reelection campaign. And there is a massive no-fly-zone over your entire area… The map is from my DroneUp App…

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Here is what I was referring to when I wrote search Google…




I thought it was funny when Biden tried to take on the Billionaires when he said they only pay 8% in taxes. He was asked if the Bidens even pay taxes and why was his son Hunter convicted of Tax Evasion?

Be sure to log onto FAADroneZone for lots of information and getting Authorizations to fly in controlled airspace.

Fly Safe
LOL I thought about flying at a park in Berkeley called Cesar Chavez but it looks like I will be doing that tomorrow. I can check with the B4UFly app and this air control app i have as well
 
Hello everyone! I am a new flyer residing in the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland) California.
I currently own a DJI Mini 3 Pro with the DJI RC remote. I have only flown it a couple of times.
I haven't had the time to practice, but now I have a lot more available time and need to figure out drone-friendly places to fly in California.
I am having a hard time doing this, as all of the parks around me do not allow drone flying. The picture below I took at a location that is very picky about flying drones and I didn't know this until after I was there lol.

Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!
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Welcome! I'm down in San Jose and have a Mini 3 Pro and A2s. Also have a hard time finding good places to fly.
 
Hi, -iamMysticK23. Welcome to the Forum!

Yes, Bay Area parks are legally off-limits to drones--but the sidewalks surrounding them are not. That said, You'll see others flying drones INSIDE the parks, with cops and other city employees paying no attention whatsoever. The SF Bay Area is actually pretty drone-friendly. I should know. I'm from Central Texas, Central Texas may be a great place to live, with low taxes, low prices, few graffitists, (we cut their hands off), few stupid regs to drive you batty, and you can pack a handgun legally. But scenic, it ain't. Ergo, I do a lot of my flying in SF (part of West Texas, I think). Granted, NW Texas is dandy as well (you know--Portland, Seattle, etc.) but further away. Below is a copy of a post I wrote for another Oakland guy:

1. Try Treasure Island, just west of the dog park. You get a terrific view of the Bay Bridge and the SF Financial District. Early morning is best. You can also reach Alcatraz from there if you have Superman's vision.
2. Another good spot is the parking lot behind the Palace of Fine Arts, from which you can reach the east side of the GG Bridge (again, with Superman's vision).
3. A good spot for taking off to fly the west side of the GG Bridge is the cul-de-sac at the end of 25th St . (by now you should feel comfortable wearing Superman's cape).
4. Alamo Park will give you a good view of the "Painted Ladies", with the Financial District in the background. The streets SURROUNDING Alamo Park have several beautifully-renovated Victorian houses even more spectacular than the Painted Ladies. Again, you'll notice others flying their drones IN the park with nobody giving a rip.
5. Flying above Coit Tower is a nice shoot. You can legally take off and land on the surface streets nearby.
6. Lombard Street, with its twists and turns, is a fun shoot. You can legally TO/Land from the sidewalks by the tennis courts.
7. JapanTown has a Pagoda and a really spectacular church a block or so away. Be sure to go inside--the architecture and stained-glass windows are truly amazing!
8. Alcatraz is pretty ugly up close, but every Bay Area droner needs to fly it at least once. The best spot from which to do so is the fishing pier at the end of pier 45 ( I think that's the one). Nobody minds if you park right by the dumpsters. You'll ALWAYS find a spot there. The seagulls can get pretty aggressive while you're trying to land your drone. You're better off landing it in the parking lot, where you'll have more maneuvering room. Try it. You'll see what I mean.
8. Believe it or not, there is a drone-legal "island" within the Presidio--The Disney/ILM museum parking lot from which you can TO/Land legally.
9. The East Bay: the wood fishing pier at Port View Park is a nice spot for shooting shipping activity and the south side of the Bay Bridge.
That's all I can think of for now. There's a LOT more!


Enjoy your Mini 3 Pro! I've attached a few links below which will help you learn piloting and aerial photography easier and quicker.

Rich R (aka Hauptmann), Hurst, TX


Good info here, thanks! I had previously looked online at Treasure Island and it looked clear to fly. Good to see confirmation. Maybe some Bay Area pilots can get together some weekend and fly? I'd love to fly from Twin Peaks but wasn't sure it was ok. I for sure would not fly there alone.
 
I agree completely with the contradicting info that you get from the flight apps. I also agree with having to go east and/or go central where the valleys are in order to have wide open space. I will be doing some location scouting soon lol.
 
Good info here, thanks! I had previously looked online at Treasure Island and it looked clear to fly. Good to see confirmation. Maybe some Bay Area pilots can get together some weekend and fly? I'd love to fly from Twin Peaks but wasn't sure it was ok. I for sure would not fly there alone.
We have flown Treasure Island many times, and have often met fellow droners there. Once we ran into a really cool young couple flying their new Mini there, and enjoyed lunch with them at the MerSea afterward. The MerSea staff let us use their plugs to charge up our batteries during lunch, so we could head off to another venue. We don't belong to any groups in the area, but the Island is such a great location, I'd be surprised if there were NOT group drone meets there!

We flew Twin Peaks once, but took off and landed legally from surface streets west of the park. Granted, some deplorable cynics may infer that we were flying BVLOS, but how do they know we don't have Superman's vision?
 
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