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Theoretically, what is the closest Spot That's not privately owned Where a drone could take off and land from in the area? Theoretically, of course.🤔
So public land? That’s tough.

I’d email the GM of Williamsburg Country Club. Offer to do some drone shots of the course in the summer in exchange for being able to use it during non-peak times to take off and land at for flying in general. I’ve done that at a few courses I’ve worked at.
 
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So public land? That’s tough.

I’d email the GM of Williamsburg Country Club. Offer to do some drone shots of the course in the summer in exchange for being able to use it during non-peak times to take off and land at for flying in general. I’ve done that at a few courses I’ve worked at.
Yeah but then the drone is definitely out of sight at a point during the flight to BGW and back. I think that's the real problem. There probably aren't any places where the drone can stay in line of sight
 
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Yeah but then the drone is definitely out of sight at a point during the flight to BGW and back. I think that's the real problem. There probably aren't any places where the drone can stay in line of sight
Depends. If you take off and land by the front gate/maintenance area and fly higher using a zoom function for the pictures you can keep it in sight. If you want to fly low then no.

The issue with some parks and drone flights is some could ban you if they didn’t approve you to fly over their property.
 
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Theoretically, what is the closest Spot That's not privately owned Where a drone could take off and land from in the area? Theoretically, of course.🤔
Side of Rt 60 also. Problem is it would be too easy for someone from the park or a cop (or worse, a random person), to see you and try to stop you, even if you are following the law. Park could ban you as well, even if you aren't breaking any laws.
 
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A couple traffic cones, a amber warning light, a high vis vest and if you have a truck or a van even better......park right on the side of the roat on Rt60 and if you look official and act like you are supposed to be there no one will even question you. I know of a couple people that do drone work who launch from the bed of a pickup truck, then land in the bed with the pilot never getting out of the cab. They drive up and then drive away without anyone ever getting out. Raises little suspicion to what they are doing. Drive a block or two away then secure the drone.
 

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Just don't drive AND fly!

Edit: One other thing about drones and the park. I know that the park has hired outside videographers to take drone footage of the park for promotional materials (Devin Olson specifically) before. When they do this, they don't tend to notify anyone outside marketing, which at this point, most park employees upon seeing a drone flying over, even on an operational day, on a non-operational day would assume that it is just another video shoot. My last season at the park was the first season they had done this and everyone at ops thought some idiot tourist was flying around MT. A few weeks later, a FB video popped up on both the Park's and Devin Olsen's FB page featuring the footage shot on that drone. Would have been nice if marketing had given us fair warning. Long story short, unless someone who schedules those outside videographers for drone footage sees it flying over, there is a good chance that even if people did see it, they wouldn't come looking for you.
 
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I apologize for Derailing the thread a bit. Appreciate all the feedback. Really it's just a matter of getting permission as there's really no public land to take off and land from in that general area. Other than that, line of sight is not really a problem. For most who have fairly good Vision, you can see at least to 800-1000 feet or so. And 200 to 400 feet in altitude is about right. If your licensed, going above that's not a problem, LOL. In that general area there is no restrictions or FAA flight rules.
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you don’t need permission if you fly between 200 and 400ft legally, however you might still get banned from the park. Also, with DJI drones you can set waypoints so it could fly there without having to have your hands on the controller to be less auspicious.
 
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