Drone Park Coming to Houston!

Discussion in 'Flying' started by Drone Parks Worldwide, May 8, 2016.

  1. Hello Quadcopter Forum,

    Have you ever had trouble finding a place to fly? Or have strained to understand the ever changing FAA regulations?

    Fear no more because Drone Parks Worldwide provides a safe, legal enclosed environment for drone pilots like you! The days of not being able to find a place to fly will be left in the past with our patent pending technology that enables drone pilots to fly free while still being protected.

    Our Drone Parks will allow existing drone pilots and the general public to rent, fly, and race drones! We are planning to open our first park in Houston later this year.

    To find out more about us, our mission, and our team check out our website: www.droneparksworldwide.com, follow us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/droneparksworldwide or join us on meet up at http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Drone-Meetup-Drone-Parks-Worldwide/

    Safe flying!
    Drone Parks Worldwide
     

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  2. Altsickeness

    Altsickeness Quad Addict

    Let me guess, you are also in favor of FAA restrictions that may eventually corral all quad flyers into locked in, patent pending sky cages where quad flyers must come to you to pay to fly.

    Sorry, I just prefer open skies and freedom. At least if our overburdening, restrictive Govt continues to meddle in our lives, you will be all setup to take advantage of it. Good thinking! ;)
     
  3. GJH105775

    GJH105775 Avid Linux User, and U.S. Air Force 1C6 Moderator

    These parks would likely be a good place to meet and fly in areas that might otherwise be restricted for flight (think of big cities or places where there are local laws preventing model aircraft), or even for those still learning in a more urban environment.

    Sure the business would benefit for a short time if people had to come there to fly, but then as the hobby died down they'd lose a lot of business as the hobby became less convenient and more costly to newcomers.
     
  4. RENOV8R

    RENOV8R Well-Known Member

    Pardon the pun, but I don't think your idea's gonna fly. Seen it all too many times with RC tracks. They have a lifrspan of about a year, then the novelty wears off.
     
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  5. Altsickeness

    Altsickeness Quad Addict

    You make a good point about urban areas, but I stand by my stubbornness. Ha Ha! I have the benefit of some open spaces and don't want city solutions creeping out here into the wide open skies. So by default I reject anything that appears controlled or limiting to freedom and specifically reject ideas that allow for someone to profit off of restriction.
     
  6. Cliff. Johnston

    Cliff. Johnston Active Member

    Why??? Even in packed cities there are plenty of parks, school grounds in the off-hours, and parking lots. I suppose that in the central or ghetto areas there may be issues, but one can still hop a bus or subway to a flying area. In the inner city areas real estate is expensive. This in turn will make flying costly too.

    While I admire your spirit of adventure, I question the financial aspect of it.
     
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  7. Chuck

    Chuck Well-Known Member

    Houston may be a unique set of circumstances, but I don't see this concept as being longlasting elsewhere. In rural areas, there is too much available open space to to fly in on one's own private property, providing that common sense is exercised to not violate the FAA regs, for someone to consider such restricted flying. That is unless you're talking about an area with harsh winter weather conditions. Even in eastern US cities, finding a large open space such as a school athletic field not in use, a grass-covered city block where a factory or warehouse had been demolished, or even an abandoned smaller airport that nature hasn't reclaimed yet, are ideal places to fly as long as you don't do anything stupid that will attract the attention of local police patrols, such as "strafing runs" over traffic on a busy street, an expressway, or neighboring housing.
     
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  8. rosco11

    rosco11 Well-Known Member

    I like the idea. Where RC sites failed was their small niche market. Drones are becoming mainstream with applications reaching to all sectors of society, both government and private. Their popularity is on the rise currently and is no where near their ceiling yet. As tech advances progress, the learning curve will shrink making them more enticing to an ever growing market. It will get to the point anyone can pick up a controller and fly with little to no experience as software and hardware develop.

    However, I do not see a viable business model for a dedicated drone park. The parts are too cheap and easy to come by. Land is too expensive and i doubt the revenue from sales would cover taxes and insurance, much less pay for employees. So while I personally would love to be able to go to a park with gates and other challenges to fly and practice, the cover charge would have to be steep to cover expenses for the land it sits on. The cost to fly there for a year or so would be much greater than the cost of building a drone and the option of just going to a park would win out for all but the super dedicated with plenty of spending cash.

    What I think would work would be a commercial enterprise setting aside a small piece of property for this activity as a side attraction to its main business. A movie theater / entertainment center doing this as a draw to attract customers to their primary market. Food court, novelty shopping, game room, etc. The down side there is it will most likely cater to micro drones in a small room or small netted field. It would probably not cater to mini quads that eat up a hundred yards or so in the blink of an eye. Your typical racing crowd.

    I would love a dedicated place to fly....my mini quad at 50 plus mph. I would not pay more than 20 bucks a weekend to do it. And if by some chance it does become very popular, now there is a lot of sitting and waiting for video channels to become available to actually fly with a lot of other people around. Then it would be back to the park.

    It would take a lot of land to separate large groups enough to fly anything but micro quads. And micro quads are like fresh water fishing. Very disappointing and underwhelming even when you do catch something. Land is expensive. Quadcopters are not. No sane business person would invest a lot for little gain.

    Better to focus on educating government types so they are not terrified of spinning plastic blades with cameras so we can fly at more parks. And someone please develop coding for an altitude cap for quads. Best way to get the FAA to breathe easier. If we restrict them to 100 to 150 feet, we could make having a license only mandatory for anything higher. Lets face it, it is the camera ships causing most of the anxiety in our government that the rest of us are paying for.
     

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