Thanks to pesky federal regulations, it’s not the easiest task in the world finding a spot where you can legally fly a drone. There are tons of no-fly zones that restrict drone usage, not to mention things like airports and stadiums, which are strictly forbidden when it comes to drone air traffic. Still, some cities around the country are thriving when it comes to all things drone. For example, Houston, TX is the most prominent drone city in the country, with more than 3,000 registered drones in the metropolitan area. You’ve also got cities like Miami, Cincinnati and Orlando, which boast some of the highest ratios of drones per capita. Still, if you’re looking for the most drone-accommodating cities across the country, you’ll want to travel to or settle in these:
With more than 1,500 registered drones, a plethora of drone-related jobs and a low rate of incident for drone accidents, the city by the bay is the most drone-friendly city in America. No doubt due to its booming tech industry and relative location to Silicon Valley, San Francisco boasts a wealth of opportunity for pilots and engineers looking to work with drones. SF has tons of parks and public areas that are ripe for flying drones, and a huge community of rabid drone enthusiasts making it THE city to go drone crazy in.
Just 40 some miles south of San Francisco and in the heart of Silicon Valley lies San Jose, another incredibly friendly city for drones. San Jose ranks high due to a low number of airports and stadiums, meaning there’s more leeway and available airspace for drones to fly. Since the name of the game here is tech, there are tons of enthusiasts (2,000 registered drones in the city) and communities fascinated with drones as well – most evident in the annual Drone World Expo the city hosts.
Las Vegas isn’t just for sinners anymore – it’s a burgeoning breeding ground for drone enthusiasts as well! Sin City boasts a fairly large ratio of drones per capita, and a substantial pool of drone-related jobs thanks to its status as a hub of innovation. It certainly doesn’t hurt that just outside the glitz and glamour of the Strip is a military base that tests and operates experimental drones and UAVs. The desert may not be fruitful for many things, but it’s a haven for flying drones.
Speaking of the desert, Bugs Bunny’s infamous wrong-turn city Albuquerque also happens to be a welcoming city for drones. Because of the New Mexico city’s location to the gorgeous Rio Grande and the relatively encompassing flat land, the rate of drone accidents and incidents is practically non-existent in the city. All of that flat, dry land and the lack of any obstacles make Albuquerque one of the most accommodating cities to fly a drone safely. Just make sure you don’t confuse any UAVs for UFOs.
Most of the drone friendly cities have been relegated to the West, but for those of you on the East Coast, Raleigh, NC is by far the most friendly drone city on your seaboard. With a substantial ratio of drones per capita and a low number of stadiums and airports, Raleigh’s growing drone community can fly high and often. Nestled in the heart of the Research Triangle Park (aka the Silicon Valley of the East), Raleigh is booming with engineering programs and seed money that have created quite the tech boom – and drones are finding a nice, cushy space in Raleigh’s welcoming environment.
Start cruising the friendly skies of your city by renting the The Explorer from Lumoid, which includes a Phantom II drone, H3-3D 3-axis gimbal, GoPro Hero 4 & 32GB memory card.