Taking flight: Drones could soar in Raleigh parks under new ordinance
WRAL.com posted an article that could be good news for Raleigh drone enthusiasts. According to the article, the City of Raleigh is seeking public feedback on how to regulate the use of drones in public parks.
A proposed ordinance would allow drones to fly in sections of seven parks, including Dorothea Dix Park.
Leaders say they looked at several issues when considering which parks to pick. They wanted to select one in each quadrant of the city, each had to be at least 5 miles from an airport and also a far enough distance from homes and animals.
The list of seven proposed park sites includes the following:
- Baileywick Park
- Eastgate Park
- Spring Forest Park
- Marsh Creek Park
- Dorothea Dix Park
- Eliza Pool Park
- Southgate Park
Thursday’s public meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Raleigh Municipal Building, at
222 W. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
While they are not heavily regulated, there are guidelines for how to stay safe while using recreational drones:
- Register your drone with the FAA online – devices between .55 pounds and 55 pounds must be registered
- Fly the drone below 400 feet, because manned aircrafts can fly as low as 500 feet
- Keep the drone in your line of sight
- Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport or a hospital with a helicopter landing pad
- Don’t fly for commercial use, as that requires additional permitting