I actually fly very often where I can physically see the runway. I fly probably 1500 ft from it. I do have rules I have to follow. I have a hard ceiling of 100ft for my kites. (it's actually 125 feet but I stay well below that to be extra safe.) I've been questioned a few times but as soon as I tell them my line length and show knowledge of the rules and a sense of responsibility, they leave me be. Once they even asked if they could try..
Again, if you aren't in line with the runway and you aren't distracting pilots during critical landing and take off operations, you are probably going to be just fine. If you do get confronted, please don't make a scene, just politely ask for the local policy and follow the guidance provided. Very rarely are you going to be hit with the FAA reg unless you are causing an issue or pressing a bad situation.
The Kitty Hawk airport is just over the trees on the right side of the picture.. Coincidentally in this video I'm flying less than 500ft from the very first runway.
FWIW, I did ask permission to fly at my regular spot (not Kitty Hawk).
That was my point.. you have to drive for miles outside of a city if you want to conform to this law. In my state there are plenty of little regional airports spread about too making even that difficult. Who is going to make a day trip just to fly a kite? I have a school with a double sized field right across the street from me, I won't go any farther than that. Other people fly kites there too (obliviously I'm sure).
Did you actually check a map and measure though? That 5 mile radius is significant. This is my point, everywhere you thought it was okay probably isn't according to this stupid FAA rule.
Wow, 17?! That's nuts. I thought the 6 my city had seemed like a lot. They perfectly box in the city limits. Its a conspiracy against kite fliers I tell you! 😉
I don't live in London, BTW.. was just referring to a recent issue they were dealing with. I haven't seen a US airport close yet due to drone threats..
I live in the Chicago area with 17 municipal, county and international airports in the area and have absolutely no problem finding fields that are much further than 5 miles from any of them. It's probably because you live there instead of here that you're having that problem. 🙂