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Drones The CAA have prosecuted 2 people so far this year alone for the illegal use and flying of drones under the Air Navigation Order regulations.

Unless CAA permission has been granted the pilot cannot:

  • Fly over or within 150m (492 ft) of a congested area
  • Fly over or within 150m (492 ft) of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons
  • Fly within 50m (164 ft) of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft
  • Fly within 50m (164 ft) of any person

However, despite the regulations and ignorance being no defence, people are unaware of the law and are flying drones illegally.

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YouTube has many videos showing footage shot from drones where there are clear safety issues and in breach of the ANO. These devices can easily weigh 20kg or more where even lighter devices could cause serious injury or damage and require nothing, other than a spare £300, to obtain and fly one. They represent a hazard to aviation and in particular general aviation operating from rural airfields, which are a favourite training area for owners learning to fly them.

The CAA say they will be launching an advertising campaign to warn the public however it's effectiveness may in practice be very limited.

The rules on flying drones are on the CAA website and can be found by clicking here

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