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[size=14.6667px]I heard some guy yell from the dam area (I was quite a ways away).
[size=14.6667px]He yelled, "GET THAT THING OUTTA HERE!!"
[size=14.6667px]I did even though there were no indications of this being a restricted fly zone.[size=14.6667px]

[size=14.6667px]This dam is Lake Hodges, California. It is 99 years old. I am no expert but I wouldn't want to be living downstream when a big earthquake hits.

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[size=14.6667px]The "red" area ifn the first pic is where I was controlling from.









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He probably was scared if your phantom hit it, the whole mess would come down.
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He was probably one of those conspiracy freaks who thinks everything that doesn't have flowers growing from it is out to "attack the dam".  This is what happens when people use their brains like garbage cans for CNN and FAUX news.  -Maybe some day he'll need someone to look at a stress crack half way down the dam.  -I wonder... who would have such a device that would be helpful with that???
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Nice shots
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Beautiful pictures!
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Capt Whitefoot Posted at 2017-9-11 16:21
He was probably one of those conspiracy freaks who thinks everything that doesn't have flowers growing from it is out to "attack the dam".  This is what happens when people use their brains like garbage cans for CNN and FAUX news.  -Maybe some day he'll need someone to look at a stress crack half way down the dam.  -I wonder... who would have such a device that would be helpful with that???

Maybe some day he'll need someone to look at a stress crack half way down the dam.  -I wonder... who would have such a device that would be helpful with that??    lol
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Nice pics.... did the guy come ashore to talk to you or just scream at you from his canoe. Was he an official?
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MrRobert5823 Posted at 2017-9-12 07:14
Nice pics.... did the guy come ashore to talk to you or just scream at you from his canoe. Was he an official?

He was far away walking on the dam. I assume he was an official. I think he just personally doesn't like drones because I was on public property flying over public property with no regulations that I know of that would restrict this particular area I was in. I flew over no one and it's semi remote as you can see.
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Perhaps he was afraid you would drop something on it.  
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MrRobert5823 Posted at 2017-9-12 07:45
Perhaps he was afraid you would drop something on it.

The fact it's 99 years old...you just might be right.
I wouldn't want to live downstream during a big quake.
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Wow these are beuatiful
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I Googled it and found that Lake Hodges is owned by the city of San Diego, and supplies water to the San Dieguito Water District and Santa Fe Irrigation District. Maybe the guy was concerned about contaminating the water supply? That's the only thing I can think of.
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Gorgeous shots. I love them dams... ;-)



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SHRED Posted at 2017-9-12 07:36
He was far away walking on the dam. I assume he was an official. I think he just personally doesn't like drones because I was on public property flying over public property with no regulations that I know of that would restrict this particular area I was in. I flew over no one and it's semi remote as you can see.

Nice shots.
But , in my opinion, you should look for some restrictions in this area.
The fact that it is a public area doesn't mean that it has no restrictions.
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FatherXmas Posted at 2017-9-12 08:47
I Googled it and found that Lake Hodges is owned by the city of San Diego, and supplies water to the San Dieguito Water District and Santa Fe Irrigation District. Maybe the guy was concerned about contaminating the water supply? That's the only thing I can think of.

That water can't get anymore contaminated...LOL. I know, I've been fishing it for years.
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DocAraxá Posted at 2017-9-12 09:39
Nice shots.
But , in my opinion, you should look for some restrictions in this area.
The fact that it is a public area doesn't mean that it has no restrictions.

There is a trailhead with all kinds of restrictions I passed by. Drones were not there. You may be correct though but  my flight apps didn't mention restrictions nor have I seen any looking around the city website.
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SHRED Posted at 2017-9-12 15:24
There is a trailhead with all kinds of restrictions I passed by. Drones were not there. You may be correct though but  my flight apps didn't mention restrictions nor have I seen any looking around the city website.

Thanks for this further explanation.
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DocAraxá Posted at 2017-9-13 05:06
Thanks for this further explanation.


I am pretty sure that flying over any dam is restricted in the US. I also live next to a dam on the Mississippi river in Iowa, and got escorted off the premises last year. But they were nice about it, and just told me to move down the road a ways so that everyone wouldn't see me. But I was also informed that flying over any dam, power plant, etc. is not allowed. I think after the 9-11 attack, a lot of those things changed, and rightfully so. I would just say be smart and don't go buzzing around when you know someone is standing there watching you. No, there isn't any way you are going to damage anything, but no sense rattling the cage if you can avoid it. I have actually videoed towboats locking through at my dam, but I try to stay up in the air high enough and off to the side so nobody even notices. Not trying to say I am above the law either, but a little common sense goes a long way sometimes.

Edit: Great pictures by the way!
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RicardoGray Posted at 2017-9-13 06:09
I am pretty sure that flying over any dam is restricted in the US. I also live next to a dam on the Mississippi river in Iowa, and got escorted off the premises last year. But they were nice about it, and just told me to move down the road a ways so that everyone wouldn't see me. But I was also informed that flying over any dam, power plant, etc. is not allowed. I think after the 9-11 attack, a lot of those things changed, and rightfully so. I would just say be smart and don't go buzzing around when you know someone is standing there watching you. No, there isn't any way you are going to damage anything, but no sense rattling the cage if you can avoid it. I have actually videoed towboats locking through at my dam, but I try to stay up in the air high enough and off to the side so nobody even notices. Not trying to say I am above the law either, but a little common sense goes a long way sometimes.

Edit: Great pictures by the way!

Very good points of view.
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RicardoGray Posted at 2017-9-13 06:09
I am pretty sure that flying over any dam is restricted in the US. I also live next to a dam on the Mississippi river in Iowa, and got escorted off the premises last year. But they were nice about it, and just told me to move down the road a ways so that everyone wouldn't see me. But I was also informed that flying over any dam, power plant, etc. is not allowed. I think after the 9-11 attack, a lot of those things changed, and rightfully so. I would just say be smart and don't go buzzing around when you know someone is standing there watching you. No, there isn't any way you are going to damage anything, but no sense rattling the cage if you can avoid it. I have actually videoed towboats locking through at my dam, but I try to stay up in the air high enough and off to the side so nobody even notices. Not trying to say I am above the law either, but a little common sense goes a long way sometimes.

Edit: Great pictures by the way!

Good advice. If I had seen him I would not have flown.
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RicardoGray Posted at 2017-9-13 06:09
I am pretty sure that flying over any dam is restricted in the US. I also live next to a dam on the Mississippi river in Iowa, and got escorted off the premises last year. But they were nice about it, and just told me to move down the road a ways so that everyone wouldn't see me. But I was also informed that flying over any dam, power plant, etc. is not allowed. I think after the 9-11 attack, a lot of those things changed, and rightfully so. I would just say be smart and don't go buzzing around when you know someone is standing there watching you. No, there isn't any way you are going to damage anything, but no sense rattling the cage if you can avoid it. I have actually videoed towboats locking through at my dam, but I try to stay up in the air high enough and off to the side so nobody even notices. Not trying to say I am above the law either, but a little common sense goes a long way sometimes.

Edit: Great pictures by the way!

Maybe no one has heard of Google Earth if they are so "concerned" about safety from attacks?

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Good pics, very cool
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SHRED Posted at 2017-9-14 08:27
Maybe no one has heard of Google Earth if they are so "concerned" about safety from attacks?

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LOL, yeah no kidding!
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SHRED Posted at 2017-9-14 08:13
Good advice. If I had seen him I would not have flown.

I understand totally. I wasn't try to imply you were doing it on purpose, just sharing what I ran into. Hang in there. I really enjoy taking pictures around these things too.
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RicardoGray Posted at 2017-9-14 10:25
I understand totally. I wasn't try to imply you were doing it on purpose, just sharing what I ran into. Hang in there. I really enjoy taking pictures around these things too.

Cool. Thanks.
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Yup, those shots are a beauty indeed, tks for sharing up in Canada eh?
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monstermash Posted at 2017-9-15 08:06
Yup, those shots are a beauty indeed, tks for sharing up in Canada eh?

California is where I shot these. Thanks.
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I'm from Escondido.. Very familar with this area .I had the same idea to do a fly by..
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