New York Drone Laws (2019)  How Can I use my drone?

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Img 1: Aerial Photography In New York


  1. General New York Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In New York
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In New York
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General New York Drone Laws

According to the official website of New York drones are prohibited from flying in the city, the biggest problem that any pilot can face in New York is the amount of population making it difficult to follow the basic rules. " Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds" " Respect others privacy when flying your drone " Operators must ensure that they follow the official FAA  drone laws when flying in US territory,
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas were aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited.
Drone use is allowed in New York, at OFFICIAL designated model aircraft fields and parks: Brooklyn:  Calvert Vaux Park (require a paid membership) Marine Park (require a paid membership) Queens:  Flushing Meadows Corona Park Forest Park Staten Island : La Tourette Park (Greenbelt) You can’t just fly drones within the NYC Parks, there are designated areas to fly drones, If your wish is to fly in other areas, we invite you to always request permission from local authorities. If you to be safe regarding all the restricted areas you can guide through  AirMap App. Fly safety ! responsibility is an obligation for each operator.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone registration is required depending the weight of your aircraft for recreational drone use in US Territory. Please adhere to the above General New York Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in New York. Click here to get assistance on how to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment. You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered "dangerous goods" by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Striking Visions when flying a drone in New York.

Buying Drones In New York

Read all of our New York Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In New York. It includes information on drones for sale in New York, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

New York drone laws are up to date as of July, 2019. Please email , or click "leave a message" at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.