I would like to bring some clarity to this issue.
After spending almost every winter flying ppg up and down the east coast from Cape Cod to Big Pine Key in Florida for the past 20 plus years, I have learned a few things that I would like to pass along.
Keep your flying sites to yourself!
In the early days pioneering pilots would post on the list servers their discoveries of cool flying spots.
Only to come back the next year and find the site shut down by,
A. The local authorities,
B. The local landowners,
C. Federal and State authorities creating new laws to prevent these activities.
When a ppg pilot or 2 show up and fly with respect there is usually no issue.
However when you post your special spot, like one on the beach in Florida, and some 15- 20 pilots show up in the winter season, it is just to much activity for the local residents.
Example; We used to fly near Marineland in Fl. Pilots heard about the launch site (which is completely shut down now) and would take a winter vacation and fly that site. The 1st thing they would do is go fly over the dolphin tanks. And they would fly over it all day, waving at the people. The dolphins would not come to the surface and put on their normal show.
Result? Shut Down!
I have personally invited pilots to come to my locations in Fl., given them a heads up on where to fly and how to act. Didn’t matter one bit, they would take off and go circle that high rise condo that I told them to stay away from.
Cannot fly there anymore.
I can site a dozen examples of this happening over the years. And the old timers on this site probably have a dozen examples of their own!
I stopped flying with, or letting anyone know of my Secret Spots all the way back in 2002.
Result? I still have some of the best beaches to fly, when I head down this winter.
I have not written this to discourage any of you. This is my real experience !
Go out… Have fun… Don’t grind your flying site into the ground…
Get in the air… Leave the area…When you return to the LZ “LAND” Get out of there and let the locals have their peace and quiet!!!