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Carteret County NC Drone Pilots, Flying, And Meetup Discussions

This article will be a discussion thread for drone pilots and flying meetups in the Carteret County NC communities of Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Harkers Island, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and other communities. To participate, please use the discussion thread below to add information and local data to this article.

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Information we’re particularly interested in is any local groups which meet on weekends or other days to take part in this recreational activity, in addition to ways in which drones are being used in other ways such as taking real estate videos, surveying land, monitoring NC beaches for erosion and other issues. Or, any other useful ways flying these craft is useful locally.

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Furthermore, we’re interested in any places in the county which offer training, sales, and how to go about getting FAA certified, along with circumstances that require certification.

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While recreational drone flying is common for local hobbyist going back over a decade, in recent years this hobby has become extremely popular locally and there is information everywhere about groups who meetup in local counties to fly together, doing obstacle course racing with them, or taking very unique high definition photos of different kinds of scenery.

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We noticed in the past two years, officials with the Big Rock Tournament use these craft to live stream when boats come in to the landing to weigh fish, and to take pretty amazing unique perspective photos of the crowd.

And, we know there are marketing agencies who are using drones to take very impressive videos and pictures of real estate offerings for local agents.

Additionally, in recent years the marketing agency who does work for local tourism has used these craft in marketing production. So, it’s clear flying these craft is here to stay and in many cases, they are being used commercially to produce amazing media.

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Are there any Carteret County meetups and groups who come together to fly on weekends? If so, where do these groups meet, and is there a website available where someone can get further information?

What are some commercial uses for deploying these craft? What is the process to get FAA certified, and in what cases is certification legally mandated?

Where are some unique places in Morehead City, Harkers Island, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle which offer great video and picture taking potential?

Considering places like Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout, do these federally protected lands and parks have any restrictions in place that otherwise are not in place in Carteret County?

Which municipal beaches have restrictions in place?

What is some other information which we did not touch on in this article which needs to be known for readers interested in this hobby, buying a drone, operating it, and becoming certified by the FAA?

Please consider using the discussion form below to let us know information particular to this subject.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Carteret County NC Drone Pilots, Flying, And Meetup Discussions

  • October 25, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Hello! I am one of the pilots listed in your article “doing obstacle course racing with them”. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability.

    As far as groups and local meetups. The only one for our area has been the Facebook group Jacksonville Drone Racing. Before the pandemic came we met up in Jacksonville. I live Down East by the way. To form a meetup a Facebook group should be made for Carteret County Drone Pilots. The next step would be to find land or a park that will allow pilots to learn to fly safely.

    Commercial uses are real estate, roof surveying, insurance, construction to monitor safety needs, film making, etc…

    As far as unique places. That’s pretty much the entire county!

    Pilots need to be aware that flying over Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout are considered National Parks. Drones are banned. Please do not risk getting fined! Please refer to the app B4UFLY.

    Municipal beaches I would recommend checking your town/city ordinance.


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