Why it’s (mostly) illegal to drone in NYC

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I’m an FAA-certified drone pilot, but there are four reasons I can’t fly drones in New York City:

1) FAA Part 107 says you can’t fly over people.
2) NYC Parks prohibit drones.
3) Most of NYC is Class B airspace.
4) City administrative code: “Drones are illegal”

But there are 5 New York City Parks where you CAN fly:

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38 comments on “Why it’s (mostly) illegal to drone in NYC

  1. Peter Rod

    lots of policy in the big apple sadly policy is not law, lots of these policy could be challenge in the court of law if you have the money and the time, that drone flaying into a wing, is bias and its stage for publicity purposes the media loves to exaggerate. almost 20 years later NYC still has 911 phobia and the topic does comes up a lot. yes they will call cops on you if you have a big back pack. or fly a drone.

  2. Kevin Boily

    Can we fly starting from Roosevelt Island and staying over water under 400 feet? I do the same here at Montreal often starting from near st-lawrence river and stay over water during my flight, never have problems, i have perfect downtown view :).

  3. romrom

    Great video, very informative. But some of the less are real bullshit, I understand not flying near airports, near trump tower or other governmental buildings, but what's the problem with flying in parks or in between those blues zones. Dumbshits just like to ban everything that they don't understand.

  4. AnDiMsOfLy

    besides manhattan i fly my drone all over nyc through the blessings of god i havent ran into dickhead cops and i have multiple cops saying its NOT illegal and they didnt care if i flew it on video

  5. Henry Hey

    Thanks for this informative vid! From what I gather here (and by looking at Airmap and knowing the regs) it would seem that, while NYC allows drone flight, Flushing Meadows Corona and Forest Park are in Class-B airspace and definitely require FAA notification, correct? Airmap has LAANC built in. In your video, it seems that you implied that getting LAANC permission in Class-B was something that only people with commercial UAS license could do, but I suspect that recreational (non-licensed) operators can do the same – provided that their drones are fed registered, correct?
    Thanks for your help!


    You will be surprised to know how much "hobbyist" pilots actually own their FAA part 107, probably way more than actual professional aerial pilots or other professional youtubers/vloggers out there 🙂
    No multirotors ever hit an airplane wing and i don't think it will be even possible in real time situations, that's just crazy fantasy from most anti-drone ignorant people in their political agenda lol
    Great video as always! You portrayed the limits and the hassles of UAVs regulations pretty well and the reality of the situation is that these regulations don't even make flying this type of aircrafts even safer 😉
    Have a great weekend and keep on flying legally and safely 🙂

  7. harold505

    I live in Staten Island and I’ve had cops approach me and ask questions and actually enjoyed watching. As far as Brooklyn some give issues but I challenge my federal rights and most of the time I win.

  8. DroneDJ

    Great video! Very informative. If I may add, there's a 5th reason why you can't fly drones in NYC. A 70-year-old NYC law says: "It shall be unlawful for any person [n]avigating an aircraft to take off or land, except in an emergency, at any place within the limits of the city other than places of landing designated by the department of transportation or the port of New York authority." For more info and link to the actual law, google "Outdated NYC law prohibits drone flying in the city".

  9. Terme Bergamo

    Brilliant! Griffin you are running at full speed! I am so happy to see you develop in this medium. This is one of your best videos ever. You are a star now, soon to be Superstar. I truly admire your work. Best, Terme

  10. TomJoeSHOW

    This was pretty amazing and very informative. Just wondering hypothetically of course if I was to fly my drone over the East River back in 2016 for non commercial purposes that would be ok right? Just asking for a friend.

  11. SuicideNeil

    2:00, Nope, this is what happens when they use impossible speeds to pretty much fake the outcome; the combined speed of the collision is greater than the drone and aircraft that wing came from could actually achieve, resulting in fraudulent findings of that 'research'. It's literally faking the result of a collision in order to justify heavy-handed legislation, as discussed in detail here: https://www.dji.com/uk/newsroom/news/dji-demands-withdrawal-of-misleading-drone-collision-video The dangers of drones colliding with aircraft has been grossly exaggerated, likewise the damage they could do.

  12. CubeToys

    great video bro so educative and well explained, thanks for sharing your knowledge with the comunity, i always hear casey saying AFA i mnot flying a drone or is a toy dron donot bother me anymore, now i know why

  13. LEXPIX

    Yeah, pretty soon it will only be allowed for big boy commercial operations like Amazon and FedEx that will rule the skies over Par 107'ers, you'll see.

  14. Sam Lee

    Nice to see Griffin has expanded the usage of the word "drone". He did the same with "filmmaker" many years ago and incurred the wrath of one commentator. 😂


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