Ignorance Is Not An Excuse – Check

We Assist Hobby And Commercial Drone Operators To Fly Safe And Legally.

A local group page on social media that we have on our feed recently added a post form a drone pilot, proud of their imagery captured of the USS George HW Bush.

When you see footage like this it makes you start to understand why the UK CAA, Department For Transport and EASA are proposing new measures to cover hobby and commercial drone operators.

There are many flying restrictions in this area of the UK and there is a No Fly Zone which is a Temporary Restriction on flying at this specific site. The restriction is from the surface to 2500 feet AMSL and valid until 17 Aug 17 @ 11:30. Police and Air Ambulance helicopters are exempt.

We regularly witness images and videos posted online from drone flights that make us wince.

This time it was not only us the flight also caught the eye of  a well respected drone news feed. Their article is linked below and our thoughts below that.

https://www.suasnews.com/2017/07/avoid-george-w-bush-solent-flight-restrictions/

Our thoughts –

If you’re flying a drone for either hobby or commercial use –  ignorance is not an excuse. Never assume you can fly – always check! Just because you see another drone flyer do it – it doesn’t mean it’s OK.

The onus is on the flyer to find out what the rules are for what they are flying, and where they are operating. With modern drones operating more sophisticated control systems and  their high definition payloads, the pilot needs to ensure they are flying safely and legally.  There are many facets to hobby and commercial drone operation such as safety, privacy and security.

The rules for safe flight of drones in UK have been available for many years, but you needed to work at finding them especially if you were not a commercial operator and so had not been made to learn about CAP 393 and CAP 722. More and more information is now being made available to drone flyers from many media sources including the myriad of social media platforms.

We use a number of these applications as well as UK CAA air navigation charts and NATS services.

As a result of the steadily growing number of reported incidents – in recent news, the UK Department For Transport (DfT) has published the findings of its public consultation on drones – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drones-to-be-registered-and-users-to-sit-safety-tests-under-new-government-rules

 

Examples of content of the document:

“Owners of drones weighing 250 grams and over will in future have to register details of their drones to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly.”

“In addition, a new drone safety awareness test means owners will have to prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations.”

These measures come after a consultation looking at ways to make drone use safer while maximising their potential.

There is also an EASA proposal published looking at a range of measures to ensure safe operation of drones more about that here – https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/civil-drones-rpas

Our Support Is Available:

There is a range of free online assistance and a growing range of software applications to assist hobby and commercial pilots to fly legally. There is no excuse these days and if you are in any doubt – ask!

We love to talk drones – so you can contact us here or use our web-chat facility here IT’S FREE !!

 

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