I'm an amateur drone pilot who likes to take aerial photographs and abide by all the rules when out flying. I'm also curious to find out people's perceptions of drones and any experiences you have had with them. Please let me know what you think as I'm really keen to find out. Many thanks in advance. David.
*Drones must not be flown within 150 metres of any congested area, within 150 metres of an outdoor assembly of more than 1,000 people, or within 50 metres of any individual except during take-off and landing. Youíre also not allowed to fly drones within 50 metres of any other vehicle, structure or property thatís not under your control.
*Unmanned aircraft with a camera attached or built-in are classified as an unmanned surveillance aircraft, and are also subject to stricter rules regarding the operation. For example, if thereís a camera on-board, youíre not allowed to fly the drone within 30 metres of any individual, rather than 50 metres.
*If you are recording people with a film or still camera loaded onto the drone, you will also have to abide to the Data Protection Act.
How, in SE1, can anyone manage to get 150 metres away from a congested area, or 50 metres away from a vehicle, structure or property that's not under their control?
I'm all in favour of the various uses of drones for research, as in archaeology, and the sort of search and rescue work mentioned by Mini Haha - and we'll no doubt have to live with their use for police surveillance (at least they're not as noisy as helicopters). And I'd love to try my hand at flying one myself. But my guess is that most of those we see around in London being flown by amateurs are actually breaking the law.
I felt uneasy a few years back when granddaughter who was only three at time was in a paddling pool in garden. She only had knickers on, this bloody drone kept coming back and forth like a demented dragonfly. She was frightened, and got out. This was just off new Kent rd. As John C said...150 metres of congested area?