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  1. I work at Carter Caves State Resort Park, located in Carter County KY. While our park boasts 30 plus miles of trails, with 5 natural bridges and some of the best scenery around, we are really known for, yep you guessed our caves. We have tours all year around, and even crawling tour. Yes, you can fly for fun or commercial on KY State Parks. I sent the link to the PDF paper work, that needs to be filled out. I am the only person on the park that owns a drown. The park has had a drone in come in once or twice. I hope they will let me use the park for practice, while shooting pics and video for park related activities. When I return to work on Friday, I plan turning in my paper work. But like most things when a State entity gets involved in they will a have a hurry up and wait. My big dread is that they will have restrictions above what the FAA sets forth. We had a great activity with a short zipline and the state put in so much red tape that we don't do it anymore. It about a 200' or so zip, with professionals setting it up, and all safety standards in place, I even watched a dog get zipped. We also offered a short 60' rappel we call it Zip and Drop, it was super popular, but then the state got involved and now we don't do it. I am a new Mavic Mini Operator as well, Hope this helps, I don't know what state you are in. I would just do a search in your State's; State Park System. As for federal, We have a federal park close but I do not know the criteria for the Feds. If you ever make it to Carter Caves Look me up; you can call our Rec Department at 606-286-7009. Have fun be safe, Wesley https://parks.ky.gov/sites/default/files/Media/Location Contract for Parks 2020.10.21 UPDATED.pdf https://parks.ky.gov/sites/default/files/Media/Drone Permit 2020.10.21 UPDATED.pdf
  2. Hey, thank you for the site to post. I apologize for taking so long to get back. I hope to be able to fly on the park in Feb. There is so much to learn. Especially when it comes to FAA and KY State Parks. Have a great week, Wesley
  3. Thank you for the reply, it was helpful, and appreciate the info. I have all sorts of nice pics of the park. Will post them soon. I am some time off at the beginning of the week, going to check out the site some more. I am working with the County Extension Agent to set a photography cave tour. The tour will only be open to people with quality photography equipment not just a phone. I can take people places in the caves that only people on the crawling tours get to see. There are some amazing things to see on the " off " beaten path. We are still working out some details. But, hopefully it will turn into a regular tour. I will have plenty of questions. It will take some time to become more familiar with the site. I also have since purchased a Mavic Mini. But not flown it yet, due to my wanting to educate myself first. Watching all sorts of videos. Thanks again, appreciate the info and the encouragement. Wesley (CCM)
  4. I am brand new to the drone scene. I did some reading and of course looked on Youtube. I first purchased a Holy Stone toy drone and practiced (still practicing with it), then was given a HS110D for Christmas and crashed twice (no damage), took some footage and some in flight pics. I practice with the both in a large room where I work. I have since purchased a Mavic Mini. But am still watching videos on it (still have not flown it yet). I work at Carter Caves State Resort Park (CCSRP), located in Carter County KY. I am currently Interim Program Services Leader (hope it becomes permanent). CCSRP has a Facebook page if anyone wants to take a look. We post pics of the park and of the caves. If you see "CCM" that would stand for Captain Cave Man (an old cartoon character I used to watch as a kid), I use the character name for fun, but also as a way to connect with page visitors. If they come to the park for a visit and ask for CCM that would be really cool as well as serving its purpose. I am working on getting permission to fly for the park, not charging but using the drone to promote our park as well as the community. It is proving to be challenging. I also do work as a part time EMT for Carter Co. EMS. I want to learn to fly, for commercial purposes, emergency situations (flood, trail, other), and what ever other opportunities present themselves. I had the idea of trying to have a drone group at the park, with future hopes of have a meet up or convention type. We have a golf course that is only used as walking path now. But from what I am having to do for myself to fly and the information required, the state of KY department of parks, is very strict. So, I have my doubts on starting the just mentioned. I have started an account with the FAA, I have downloaded the B4UFLY app, and continue to read and watch videos on how to be a safe, professional piolet. I am going to look for a maintenance log sheet, and begin a binder of where and when I fly. I have read a little on LAANCE. So much info for new people. I also purchased a light for my drones for night flying. It seems the best time to fly is at dusk, when there is no wind. If I could get some advice/do's/dont's and how this forum work that would be a help. I still extremely new at this, but am excited at the possible; people I could meet, the places I could fly, and yes maybe make some money as well. Everyone be safe, Wesley aka CCM