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BatStryker
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How many of us have heard this either from passers-by or from authorities?
I was recently getting some shots on the beach here in Venice CA. there is a narrow strip of "warning area" between LAX and the Santa Monica Airport. Since it is a warning area and not a No Fly Zone (NFZ) I am only required to file my flight plan on the FAA B4U Fly app.  I am also flying over water, so I am not flying over people, and this was early in the morning, so, no surfers yet.
So, I'm actually finished shooting and am packing up my aircraft and equipment, when a lifeguard rolls up in his red Toyota Four Runner. For those that don't know. The LA County Lifeguards are actually part of the LA County Fire Dept. "You're not allowed to fly drones here.", he says. Several responses flash through my mind; "Where does it say that?" "I filed my flight plan with the FAA, and I'm not flying over people, and I think the ocean is scarcely populated" etc. Instead, I just said "I'm packing up..." as what would be the point in debating the issue since I'm finished. Although I still would like to learn, what rule, article or ordinance, the lifeguard was referring to, and what sort of citation he might issue? So, he seems happy with my response, and says "Have a nice day."
Has anyone else had this sort of experience? What if anything did you do about it?
Thanks


2019-4-28
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DJI Tony
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Hi, we're hoping that you could get the best feedback that you may need in regards to what you've experienced when flying in a particular location. We would recommend abiding by our local policies when in terms of flying the drone to have a peaceful flight. Cheers!
2019-4-28
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SD_Pilot
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Sounds like you did all the right things. Had a similar experience where I'm from. Local LG on duty said the same thing even though the area was definitely even less populated than Venice Beach and I was also flying over water near the beach. I packed up and left. There are plenty of other areas to fly so that's what I did. Not worth the headaches.
2019-4-28
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3BEPb
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People love to control others. You were at the beach where this POS is authority and he tried to control you.

If you really want to be left alone invest in some “authority gear”.
4 small cones or red flags poles. Yellow caution tape. Yellow “Drone Pilot. Do not disturb” vest. As well as some “official” printout on who you are and what authorizations you got.

I bet you not only you will be left alone , no one will even talking to you.

With this hobby you gotta be proactive. All I hear when I am operating drone from controller mounted to tripod inside my safety flags : “Some serious/professional setup “. That is all.

Some people not brave enough. It’s understandable. Pack up and leave is also an option.
2019-4-28
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Neo Supreme
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Bottom Line (for now) is that drones are the new boogey men.  It is still a fresh industry and interest.  The FAA has some solid guidance, but unfortunately, people and local authorities are not educated on FAA guidance (possibly due to nowhere near enough man power to enforce and educate the masses), and they make decisions, based on their own opinions.  This is disastrous when local law enforcement is not even trained up on official federal policy.  Here in NYC, the NYPD is usually all too eager to clamp down on things in their own manner.  Once I get my Airman Certificate card, I'll have it in an armband, while wearing a custom safety vest.  It's a bit demeaning and old to feel like you gotta 'sneak around' to do something without dubious intent.  I do agree that people just want to control others as well.
2019-4-30
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Lamplighter55
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Always stand up for your rights - as has been said here. Others are all too eager to project their perceived 'power' - especially when there's a 'grey area', and the public mood is 'anti' everything these days. Point being, if one doesn't make a stand, then it will just be more difficult for the next person to do that when challenged in such a way.
2019-5-1
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BatStryker
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3BEPb Posted at 4-28 13:44
People love to control others. You were at the beach where this POS is authority and he tried to control you.

If you really want to be left alone invest in some “authority gear”.

Definitely sounds like a good idea. Thanks
2019-5-2
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BatStryker
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Thanks, guys Some good advise and feedback here. Thanks
2019-5-2
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D2_cayde
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no, but i do this for extra caution, when i fly somewhere with my drone i always ask the person in charge if its okay to fly it, most of them said yes but rarely no but in your case i would look up the beach regulations before flying
2019-5-8
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