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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone Near New York City

A list of the best places to fly your drone near New York City, New York.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone near New York City, New York.

If you live in (or are traveling to) New York City, please use this page as a resource to better understand not just where to fly, but also where it’s legal and illegal to fly a drone. We provide guidance on regulations to help you stay compliant with both federal and local rules.

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A Sectional Chart of the airspace surrounding New York City, NY. Source: VFR Map

New York City Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in New York City (or any city for that matter) is that under federal FAA regulations, you are either operating recreationally or commercially.

  • Recreational drone pilots fall under the FAA’s model aircraft rules, which are laid out here. As long as your aircraft is registered and you follow the guidance on that page, you’re good to go.

Also, as a recreational drone pilot, you must notify the airport operator and air traffic control tower before flying within five miles of an airport. When we list the locations below, we’ll share whether or not there are airports within five miles of the location.

If flying commercially, it doesn’t matter if you’re flying within five miles of an airport. What matters is whether or not you’re in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D or E) or uncontrolled airspace (Class G). If you’re operating commercially in Class B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to request airspace authorization. When we list locations below, we’ll share whether they sit in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.

Get up-to-date airspace information, including temporary flight restrictions, using tools like B4UFLY, Kittyhawk, or Airmap.

Interested in becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot so you can operate under the Part 107 regulations and make money flying your drone? Check out our industry-leading, online training course over at Drone Pilot Ground School.

So those are the federal rules.

But what about local New York City drone laws?

Here’s a guide we put together for drone laws in New York. Make sure to consult that to see if there are any local drone ordinances that you should follow in New York City. When in doubt, use good judgment and follow the FAA’s guidelines.

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel. If we missed something, or if you have further questions, please send an email to support[at]uavcoach[dot]com, and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Where to Fly a Drone Near New York City

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the New York City area. We selected these locations based on airspace restrictions, accessibility, and attractions. You’ll find that most of the locations we’ve chosen are located in uncontrolled, Class G airspace where you don’t need to request permission to fly. Additionally, we made sure to highlight any locations with designated sUAS/remote aircraft fields.

Please note that New York City Administrative Code states that it is illegal to take off or land a drone, except in an emergency, at any place within the limits of New York City other than places of landing designated by the department of transportation or the port of New York authority. The locations listed in this guide sit in locations near, but outside the limits of, New York City.

1 — Wantagh Park

1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793

Wantagh Park is located on Long Island and provides a scenic, waterfront location to fly your drone. The park totals 11 acres with numerous opportunities for recreation. Access to the park is free. There is a charge to use the reserved picnic areas and sheltered areas.

New York - Wantagh Park Marina
Source: sullynyflhi

2 — Tanner Park

400 Baylawn Ave, Copiague, NY 11726

Tanner Park is located on Long Island’s Great South Bay. Much of the park is beachfront with other surrounding activities for sports, marine activities, and dining. Parts of the beach are restricted to use by Town of Babylon residents with a permit. However, Bay Beach is open to all.

DJI Phantom 3 Tanner park Copiague

3 — Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Flying Field

Meadow Lake Dr, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the largest park in Queens. It’s full of recreational amenities, including a model aircraft field. Flushing Meadows’ designated flying field is adjacent to Meadow Lake and Van Wyck Expressway. It’s a beautiful area for capturing aerial photo and video of the lake and surrounding area.

New York - Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Source: Flapane

4 — Calvert Vaux Park AMA Field

Bay 44th St. & Hunter Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Calvert Vaux Park is an AMA members-only park operated by Seaview Rotary Wings RC flying club. Seaview Rotary Wings requires pilots to be a paid member of both the local club and the national club in order to fly at Calvert Vaux. For many, having access to a park with other remote pilots focused on safety is worth the membership fees. The wide-open landscape is perfect for taking flight with your RC drone or model aircraft.

DJI Phantom - Seaview Rotary Wings

5 — Senator Speno Memorial Park

745 E Meadow Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554

Senator Speno Memorial Park is an ideal place to fly your drone. The park offers free parking and plenty of open, grassy areas. It is a popular destination for athletics, with a baseball field, soccer field, handball courts, and basketball courts.

Fly Drone Senator Speno Memorial Park

Source: Google Maps

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in New York City

If you’re new to drones or looking to take your flight skills to the next level, we offer hands-on drone flight training in the New York City area. Our classes are typically 90 minutes long, and our expert instructors walk you through what to do before, during and after your flight—you’ll practice intelligent flight modes and learn how to stay safe but also how to get the shots or data you need. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.

Sign up for a hands-on drone flight training class in New York City.