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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in St. Louis

A list of the best places to fly a drone in St. Louis, Missouri.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone in St. Louis, Missouri.

If you live in (or are traveling to) St. Louis, 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 St. Louis, MO. Source: VFR Map

St. Louis Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in St. Louis (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 St. Louis drone laws?

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

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

5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112

Forest Park is located within close proximity to downtown St. Louis, Missouri, and is a sprawling 1,371 acres. It includes meadows, mature trees, ponds, lakes, and streams that flow throughout the property. The park is often called the “Heart of St. Louis” and includes the St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. With so much to see, it’s not surprising that the park receives an annual 12 million visitors. With that said, always remain vigilant of park visitors and the FAA’s regulations for flying over people. Drone pilots will appreciate the scenic views throughout the park and wide-open space.

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Source: Skeeze

2 — Tower Grove Park

4256 Magnolia Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Tower Grove Park is located within close proximity to downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It spans 289 acres and includes 32 Victorian era pavilions, Lilly pond, fountain pond, various statues, and over 400 species of trees and plants. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 due to its rich history. Drone pilots will appreciate the wide-open space and the stunning views of the park.

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Source: Paul Sableman

3 — Carondelet Park

3900 Holly Hills Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63116

Carondelet Park is located near Tower Grove Park, making this a great location for drone pilots looking to explore multiple places to fly. It is 180 acres and consists of a wide-open area with two fishing ponds. The main pond located near the center of the park features a towering fountain and a beautiful boathouse that overlooks the pond. Drone pilots will appreciate the scenic views of the park and all that it has to offer.

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Source: Paul Sableman

4 — Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

10820 Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is located on the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It is notorious for its unique 22º bend in the middle of the bridge. The bridge originally was used by Route 66 to cross the Mississippi River. Today the bridge is used for walking, biking, and jogging. The sweeping views of the river and the industrial design of the bridge make for some great drone footage. Two water intake buildings stand in the river, with the bridge directly behind them. Drone pilots will love the history of the site and the natural scenery that surrounds it.

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Source: Max Pixel 

5 — Buder North Park (AMA)

101 Larkin Williams Rd, Valley Park, MO 63088

Buder North Park is located near St. Louis, Missouri, in Valley Park. It is known for its model aviation activities. The airfields are run and operated by the Lafayette Esquadrille and the Greater St. Louis Modeling Association. There is a large field with two intersecting runways for model aircraft. There is also a designated drone racing area to the west of the runway. This makes it a great location to fly and race other drones. The Meramec River runs next to the property; drone pilots will enjoy the wide-open area.

WHERE TO FLY A DRONE IN ST. LOUIS

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in St. Louis

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 St. Louis 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.

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