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#1 propjobbill Jan 28, 2013 10:54 PM

Are you allowed to fly foamies where you live
As I travel from place to place some places they have no problems with park flier electric planes. But in my part of the country near Cleveland Ohio, USA (in that general area) very few places will they allow you to fly in parks. My question is, is this mostly in my area, or is it this way all over the country.

I'm not talking about large electric or fuel planes. I talking about park fliers 16 oz or lighter, 36" wing span or less, 30 mph flight speed or less.

What is your general location and how to they feel about small electrics where you live? I would love to hear from others.

#2 TheAeronut Jan 29, 2013 02:41 AM

It varies a lot. In Plano TX (North Dallas suburb) it is illegal to operate any remote control vehicle on public property. Yes, ILLEGAL. Your kid running his little toy car on the sidewalk is breaking the law. Just the next town north, Allen TX welcomes electric models including aircraft in their parks.

Go figure...


#3 thechannelmast Jan 29, 2013 05:11 AM

were i live i fly in front of my house nobody cares and i have been to the park still again nobody cares

#4 RWData Jan 29, 2013 06:02 AM

Here in UK, don't know of any legal issue, but it's good practice to check with land owner if you can. If it's a local authority (park) space and there's no signs up saying no RC, I think it's okay (& I have never seen any signs), but bear in mind other users of the park. The models may be small, but they could still hurt someone at 30mph !
Generally, we go to a remote field with farmer's permission, no houses & trees are way off. Some smaller depron-magnet bushes lurk on the field perimeter though. I think so long as you aren't making a lot of noise or getting in other's way, model flying should be okay (in fact encouraged) :)

#5 Russ40 Jan 29, 2013 07:09 AM

Here is Fort Smith AR I havn't encountered any problems anywhere. I fly at a couple local parks with small lakes in them and I usually have a few people stop and ask questions.

#6 propjobbill Jan 29, 2013 07:22 AM

In my county to my knowledge there only two places that you can fly. There is a local college that is tax supported, and I have been told they don't complain as long as the plains are small electric. We also have a metro park system with about 25 to 30 parks that have many remote areas but there is only one place you are allowed to fly. Nothing larger than a 250 size motor no jets. the area is too small for most fliers to use. Too many trees and 200' by 250' if that large. The trees are more than 50'high make a mistake and you are in the trees.

I've been flying for almost 50 years,and about 40 years ago they stopped nito planes in all the parks in this area. That included .049 control line planes. It's hard to promote a hobby where you are forbidden to have it unless you own many acres of land some place out side of the cities and no nitro or gas motors.

Now I am talking about public land, there are at least 4 RC clubs located in rural areas on private property. Clubs are always losing their fields because of fuel engines. Electrics may not just be the way of the future, they may become the only future.

#7 thechannelmast Jan 29, 2013 11:33 AM

here we have mount nebo it a cemetery with a rc airstrip long ago people around the world came and fly autogyro

#8 Keenan smith Jan 29, 2013 12:36 PM

i fly in my local park.. But own a piece of land with a paved runway on it (though i will have to mow the grass, Get the Club BMFA approved, and put in a large shed and maybe a generator)
before it can be used.. :)


#9 beerbrewer Jan 29, 2013 03:43 PM

In early December, I read in the local paper that our wise and all knowing city council was considering banning all model airplanes from flying in the city parks and limits. I have tried to find out more but no luck.


#10 scrubs Jan 29, 2013 04:09 PM

Our city parks support it. Next city over it's only legal in three parks that I know of. Our local RC club was very proactive in getting the ok.


#11 Meach_in_GA Jan 29, 2013 09:07 PM

I live in a metro county to Atlanta, RC is prohibited in county parks and the police will chase you off except at the county designated RC club field (30 min drive for me). However there is one particular city within the county that lets us fly at a particular city park (15 min from me) that was build upon an old dump and only has a walking trail and some garden space.

#12 Disco Stew Jan 29, 2013 09:17 PM

Calgary, Alberta, Canada....home of the largest (and also 3rd largest) inner-city parks in the world....no RC flying within city limits. :(

Fortunately for me, I live in a 'burb only 15km outside of Calgary, and as far as I know there is no by-law about RC models. But also to my favour, I am 200m from the city limit and the neighbouring farm field.

#13 btown2 Jan 29, 2013 09:30 PM


Originally Posted by thechannelmast (Post 23968822)
here we have mount nebo it a cemetery with a rc airstrip long ago people around the world came and fly autogyro

I've been to Mt. Nebo several times. Mostly stick to the MCRCC Field in Monroe County though.

#14 thechannelmast Jan 29, 2013 10:01 PM

btown2 maybe we have share the runway before at nebo .:D:D:D

#15 Sr71freak Jan 30, 2013 09:26 AM

Here in Denton Tx, the city actually likes our planes being part of the attraction to the city park. We get spectators nearly every weekend.

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