Model Airplanes & Drones

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Fly your model airplane or drone at designated areas throughout the preserves

 

Here’s what you need to know before you fly:

 

Model Airplane Flying Field Regulations:

 

  • All pilots must hold and provide proof of either:
    • a current Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership; OR
    • a certificate of liability insurance (e.g. home owner’s insurance) naming the “Forest Preserve District of Cook County” as an additional insuree, and the insurance must have a liability limit of at least $1 million
  • Flying only allowed at approved locations.
  • Flying before sunrise and after sunset is prohibited.
  • All pilots must use current AMA safety codes, and follow all Forest Preserves ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Flying permitted inside flight boundaries only. Flying near pits, spectators, parking lots, roadways or neighboring homes is prohibited.
  • Flying or taxiing in or out of pit area is prohibited. All pilots must fly from designated flight stations.
  • All planes must use noise-arresting mufflers.
  • All pilots must clearly display frequency I.D. on transmitter antenna. AMA site frequency control procedures must be followed.
  • All pilots must use appropriate announcement when taking off, landing or in emergency situations.
  • All spectators must remain behind pit area.
  • Flying by individuals under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is prohibited.
  • Violators will be subject to penalties—including, but not limited to, monetary fines, loss of flying privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.

 

To obtain a rental permit for a contest or demonstration at a designated model airplane flying field, please email fpd.permits@cookcountyil.gov or call 800-870-3666.

 

Drone Regulations:

 

Drone users are subject to applicable Model Airplane Flying Field Regulations when flying drones in Flying Fields. Read the entire drone policy here.
 

  • All pilots must hold and provide proof of either:*
    • a current Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership; OR
    • a certificate of liability insurance (e.g. home owner’s insurance) naming the “Forest Preserve District of Cook County” as an additional insuree, and the insurance must have a liability limit of at least $1 million
  • Flying only allowed at approved locations.
  • Flying before sunrise and after sunset is prohibited.
  • Ensure drones are compliant with all applicable laws, ordinances, or policies, including without limitation FAA Rules and Regulations.
  • Use drones in a courteous manner of others who are often present in the Forest Preserves for the quiet enjoyment of nature.
  • Cease operations upon request by a member of Forest Preserves staff and/or other emergency safety related personnel.
  • Refrain from operating drones in violation of privacy rights, civil rights and liberties, and transparency related federal/state/local laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures is prohibited.
  • Flying by individuals under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is prohibited.
  • Violators will be subject to penalties—including, but not limited to, monetary fines, loss of flying privileges, and/or criminal prosecution.

 

*Pilots flying drones that weigh 0.55 pounds or less are not be subject insurance or AMA membership requirements.

 

Locations

 

Location Model Airplane Drone Flying Restrictions
Blue Star Memorial Woods
E Lake Ave, east of Wagner Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
(map)
In unoccupied picnic groves or mowed areas only.
Deer Grove East
W Dundee Rd, west of N Hicks Rd
Cook County, IL 60074
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Kickapoo Woods
Halsted St, south of W 144th St
Riverdale, IL 60827
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Midlothian Meadows
Crawford Ave, north of W 159th St
Cook County, IL 60428
(map)
In unoccupied picnic groves or mowed areas only. Prohibited Saturdays & Sundays between Memorial Day & Labor Day.
Miller Meadow South
1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Cook County, IL 60130
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Morrill Meadow
107th St, west of 96th Ave
Cook County, IL 60480
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Ned Brown Meadow
Golf Rd, east of I-290/Hwy 53
Cook County, IL 60007
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Plum Creek Meadow
Burnham Ave, north of 223rd St
Cook County, IL 60411
(map)
In unoccupied picnic groves or mowed areas only.
Poplar Creek Model Airplane Flying Field
Shoe Factory Rd, east of Bartlett Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60010
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Rolling Knolls
Rohrssen Rd, south of Bode Rd
Elgin, IL 60120
(map)
Yield to disc golf course users.
Schiller Model Airplane Flying Field
W Irving Park Rd, west of N Cumberland Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Tampier Greenway Family Picnic Area
135th St, east of S Wolf Rd
Cook County, IL 60467
(map)
In unoccupied picnic groves or mowed areas only.
Thatcher Woods
Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
(map)
In unoccupied picnic groves or mowed areas only. Prohibited Saturdays & Sundays between Memorial Day & Labor Day.
Thorn Creek Model Airplane Flying Field
Stoney Island Ave, south of 186th St
Cook County, IL 60411
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Tinley Creek Model Airplane Flying Field
Cicero Ave, south Flossmoor Rd
Cook County, IL 60478
(map)
At model airplane flying field only.
Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County