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The safe use of Drones 11 May 2018 12:14 #1

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The Military Aviation Authority have published this article which will be of interest

Drones – are you flying yours safely? (and legally?)

In particular, some useful links...

If you are using a drone for personnel use then you are governed by the Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Navigation Order 2016, specifically Article 241 (endangering the safety of any person or property), Article 94 (small unmanned aircraft ) and Article 95 (small unmanned surveillance aircraft). This is the law and you can, and individuals have been, prosecuted for breaking it. The new Drone Code is available to download at dronesafe.uk/ along with a useful Drone Assist App created by the CAA and air traffic control body National Air Traffic Service (NATS) to help individuals understand their responsibilities.


and these bullet points

Essentially your responsibilities are:

  • to know how to fly your drone safely, and do so within the law
  • to understand that the operator is legally responsible for every flight
  • to keep your drone in sight at all times – stay below 400ft
  • not to fly your drone over a congested area, never fly within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building not under your control
  • ensure any images you obtain using the drone do not break privacy laws
  • avoiding collisions – you should never fly a drone near an airport or close to aircraft. It is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft in flight


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The safe use of Drones 11 May 2018 16:06 #2

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I keep wondering about one for overhead pictures of things like grave slabs, don't need to fly much more than ten foot or so high, could even have a tether attached.

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The safe use of Drones 11 May 2018 19:40 #3

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Some low level photos can be taken with tripod and boom (graves) or adapted window cleaner poles for 15 - 20 ft height (ideal for buildings). Selfie sticks,or mono-pods are great for vehicles and some aircraft, both giving that extra reach. Downside is that the long poles need remote vision or luck with a self-timer.

The drone rules do seem a bit limiting for most users as you will need to keep a good lookout on the ground for people straying into the 50 metre area or keep the drone above fifty metres, or isn't that what is meant? I don't know how you can have a building under your control but again is this based on a three dimensional limit? Still they prevent Amazon's drone delivery scheme.

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The safe use of Drones 11 May 2018 20:03 #4

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Yes, seen examples from a group that became expert at pole and kite photography/

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The safe use of Drones 11 May 2018 20:43 #5

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mbriscoe wrote: I keep wondering about one for overhead pictures of things like grave slabs, don't need to fly much more than ten foot or so high, could even have a tether attached.

If you have your drone in beginner mode, then its tethered to you. The drone will only fly 30 feet from you.

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