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  1. Jetjockey6

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    I saw that Cedar Hill State Park south of Dallas is a recommended place to get some good drone video so went out there today. No surprise...The Superintendant, Josh Choate, has declared ALL of Cedar Hill State Park to be a no-fly area...no drones allowed because they are a danger to the public. I asked to see some documentation stating that and was shown a letter stating that drones are dangerous due to the technology ( really...that’s what it said!). When I asked for a copy of the letter I was denied. The office Park Ranger said that the letter is for “internal State Park office” use only. Drones are dangerous due to the “technology” but
    any idiot with a credit card can buy a speedboat with a gazillion horsepower and get out on the lake not having the foggiest idea what he/she is doing. How pathetic. Another example of bureaucratic ignorance and
    abusing ones authority to create a personal CYA fiefdom. In any case, Cedar Hill is a no-fly zone.
     
  2. JarrodF

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    Sucks man. I've shot gazillions of hours of ground-based video in that area and it's really pretty.
     
  3. AnchorageAk

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    Same attitude up here. They think they are king, and us just their lowly subjects.
     
  4. tcope

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    I'm guessing that a requirement by the state is that state parks display their regulations in a pubic place... or make them available to the public. Kind of makes sense... right? Why would they make a regulation and then need to keep it a secret? Makes no sense.

    A state park cannot create a "no fly zone". It can tell _you_ that you can't operate a drone while standing on their property. Personally, I could nto find anything on their website. Personally, I call and ask them to send you this documentation.
     
  5. Jetjockey6

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    Yes....why keep it a secret? Texas is quite strict about public officials not withholding documents....
     
  6. ftttu

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    I won't even try to get permission in a Texas State Park close to me due to all of what I'm hearing. Instead, I just planned a 5.2 mile/21 minute Litchi mission which flies some of its perimeter. We've had some strong winds in my area lately, but I will be flying it when they die down.
     
  7. Bayflier

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    Or a semi-automatic gun!

    Anyway, I did find a Texas Park Department memorandum on the web. So it’s out there. Will try to locate it and post. Near as I can tell it was intended to apply to all TX State Parks but also seems to have left a bit of discretion to the local park managers. And it says you can’t lift off or land in the parks. So maybe you’re OK nibbling at the edges of the parks (assuming no other restrictions, of course). Wondering something: Has anyone had someone take shots at their drone?
     
  8. rexster314

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    I emailed the Parks & Wildlife Dept with this same question a couple of years ago. I was told that drone access to state parks were left up to each park manager to approve drones such as ours, or refuse them.I emailed and got permission from the park manager at the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument in 2016. He was very good about it and gave me a three month window to go flying. Last summer we went out to Balmorhea State Park and the park manager refused to let me fly in the park. While we were there, I parked outside the perimeter of the park and flew the drone freely over the park. I later talked to her and she was unbending in her belief that drones are dangerous.
     
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  9. AnchorageAk

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    "Or a semi-automatic gun!" Was that comment really necessary?
     
  10. Bayflier

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    Meant no offense.
     
  11. loktite

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    You'll have to excuse him, he's probably read about that "Shoulder thing that goes up"
     
  12. SantoPilot

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    Fixed it for you :(
     
  14. EdPoe

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    I just called Whitney State Park to verify that flying drones was permissible, Despite what the website says, the woman who answered told me drones are not allowed at the park. Apparently, that's at the request of the Corps of Engineers, something about the dam, rather than the State of Texas.

    ~Ed
     
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