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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Pittsburgh

A list of the best places to fly your drone in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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

If you live in (or are traveling to) Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh, PA. Source: VFR Map

Pittsburgh Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in Pittsburgh (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 Pittsburgh drone laws?

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

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the Pittsburgh 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 — Point of View Park

1435 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Point of View Park sits on Mt. Washington and overlooks the downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. It features stunning panoramic views of the city that cannot be found anywhere else. The park was named after the Point of View Sculpture, which represents George Washington and Guyasuta overlooking the land that would become developed along the Ohio River. Drone pilots will appreciate the vantage point and picturesque views this location offers.

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Source: Dr. Cash

2 — Southside Riverfront Park

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Southside Riverfront Park is one of the first riverfront parks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a part of the regional Three Rivers Heritage Trail system. The park sits near the Birmingham Bridge on the shores of the Monongahela River. Drone pilots will appreciate the incredible views of the bridge and the surrounding area.

fly drone Southside Riverfront Park

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3 — Millvale Riverfront Park

70 River Front Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

Millvale Riverfront Park is located on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It features a trail system that is 1.7 miles long. The property consists of a green strip along the river, making it great for drone flights. Drone pilots will enjoy the incredible view of the Washington Crossing Bridge that crosses the river.

fly drone Millvale Riverfront Park

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4 — West Park – Lake Elizabeth

Lake Elizabeth, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

West Park – Lake Elizabeth is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and it features a small lake. The view of Lake Elizabeth with trains passing in the background makes it a great location. The park also has many green areas making it great for drone flights. This property offers a nice escape from the busy city life within close proximity to downtown.

fly drone West Park

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5 — North Park Flying Site

Wexford, PA 15090

North Park Flying Site is an AMA field that is run and operated by the North Hills Eagle Squadron. The flying field is a wide-open green space surrounded by mature trees. North Park Lake runs adjacent to the airfield offering a beautiful scenic view. This property is perfect for drone pilots looking to practice their flying skills and to fly with other aviation enthusiasts.

North Park Drone Footage

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh.