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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Oklahoma City

A list of the best places to fly your drone in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

If you live in (or are traveling to) Oklahoma 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.

fly drone Oklahoma City

A Sectional Chart of the airspace surrounding Oklahoma City, OK. Source: VFR Map

Oklahoma City Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

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

Drone operators are no longer required to independently contact air traffic control when flying within five miles of an airport. Instead, both recreational and commercial flyers can use the automated LAANC system to request airspace authorization to fly in controlled airspace around and above many airports. If you’re operating in Class B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to request airspace authorization. You may do this through LAANC or through FAADroneZone in areas where LAANC is not available.

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 Oklahoma City drone laws?

Here’s a guide we put together for drone laws in Oklahoma. Make sure to consult that to see if there are any local drone ordinances you should follow in Oklahoma 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 in Oklahoma City

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the Oklahoma 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.

1 — Bicentennial Park

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Bicentennial Park is an open green space located in downtown Oklahoma City. It sits between the Civic Center Music Hall and the historic City Hall building. The park consists of a beautiful lawn area with a diverse network of brick paver pathways. Drone pilots will appreciate the stunning views of the downtown skyscrapers that tower above the park. Numerous buildings and attractions make this a great location for capturing that picture-perfect city shot.

fly drone Bicentennial Park

Source: Michael Barera

2 — Wheeler Park

1120 S Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Wheeler Park is located on both sides of the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. It consists of wide-open areas, mature trees, and a few baseball fields. The park features the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, which has a unique history. The Ferris Wheel originally was located on the Santa Monica Pier in California, which became a popular location for photos and commercials. In 2008, it was purchased for Wheeler Park and over one million dollars was spent to restore it. Today, it spins alongside the river offering a stunning view of the surrounding area and makes for a beautiful backdrop for any drone footage.

Wheeler Ferris Wheel -- Drone's Eye View | Oklahoma City

3 — Regatta Park

701 S Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73129

Regatta Park is located along the banks of the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City. It the home of the Chesapeake Boathouse where rowing training and competitions take place. There are a few open space areas that are connected by bridges that would make great areas for flying a drone. In addition to the rowing, there are trains nearby that roll on by across the river creating a unique setting for drone pilots looking for that perfect shot.

fly drone Regatta Park

Source: Google Maps

4 — Lakeshore Park

8584-8774 W Lakeshore Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73162

Lakeshore Park is located on a peninsula that extends out onto Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. The park is perfect for drone pilots because of the openness of the property. The massive 2500 acre reservoir offers breathtaking views that add to the scenery of this park. There are weekly sailboat races which provide the perfect opportunity be to practice filming with a drone.

fly drone Lakeshore Park

Source: DiAnn L’Roy

5 — Spring Creek Park

7200 E 15th St, Edmond, OK 73013

Spring Creek Park consists of 194 acres and is located on the west side of Lake Arcadia in Edmond, Oklahoma. There are various fishing docks, camping areas, swimming areas, and open areas. The reservoir was constructed in 1987 and has a surface area of over 1800 acres. Drone pilots will enjoy the picturesque setting and ample footage opportunities.

fly drone Spring Creek Park

Source: Thomas & Dianne Jones

Have Another Place You like to Fly Your Drone in Oklahoma City?

We hope this list was helpful.

Do you have any other locations in Oklahoma City where you like to fly your drone?

Let us know in our community forum over here:

https://community.uavcoach.com/topic/6246-where-to-fly-a-drone-in-oklahoma-city/

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma City area. Our classes start at 2-hours 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 Oklahoma City.