Please can owners ban drones. I stayed at a farm site last week and a young boy was flying a small drone. He hovvered it over other people, buzzed it around tents and caravans and intimidated sheep and lambs who became very agitated. The drone could have caused nasty injuries if it had hit anybody, aside from this it was an irritating nuisance and potentially dangerous. These things are becoming popular toys and small children are drawn to them and fly them very inexpertly.
I think that you will find that not only is this is unsafe but also illegal under UK legislation. The Civil Aviation Authority, who govern this area say; "consumer drones (classed as those that weigh under 20kg) must be flown no higher than 120 metres, and kept at least 50 metres away from people and private property, and 150 metres from “crowds and built up areas.”"
Not sure what constitutes a crowd but a group of campers could meet this definition, certainly campers count as people, I'm sure.
Did you complain to the site owner? He is responsible for the well being of campers paying to pitch on his land, and told the drone owner (and his parents if they were around) that flying the drone over his land must stop immediately, and call the police if not obeyed.
We have rarely seen any trouble on French sites but, when an incident has happened, the culprits have always had vehicles carrying UK reg plates.
Must be a message there, somewhere.
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Message posted by jasie20/5/2018 at 10:56am Outfit: Bailey Palermo & Kampa Brean Location: Bath
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as mentioned above, to fly these you must have permission from the land owner. so just mention it to them so that they can sort it.
I fly model aircraft, and a few sites have prevented me from flying as a result of their previous drone experience. I am fully insured and know the rules etc and would not fly in such a manner.
incidentally to fly without permission and/or within 50 mtrs of a group of people over which the pilot has not control is an offence. My insurance is specifically invalid if i breach these.
And if they are flying out of their direct sight (using a video link), then they are likely breaking a few more laws too.
and for those drones flown by uk owners in France they are quite possibly breaking a few radio comms laws as the use of radio control is on a different frequency in France.
The problem is that there is no one to enforce the laws, and an idiot flying around will only realise the consequences when their "toy" crashes in to something or someone and they are hit in the pocket.
Twice now I've had someone knock at the door and offer to sell me an aerial photo of my house they just took - once 10 years ago from a plane of some sort, and once this year with a drone. Both times I've given them an earful for invading my privacy - the 1st one had me and my naked toddler sunbathing in the garden. I've asked various photographers and apparently there isn't a lot i can do about people taking pics from the sky. Not impressed
Drones for other than official users/vetted licence holders should be banned. I know a number of people who are licensed and use these for wildlife photography in remote areas but we're plagued by amateurs who seem to like zooming around other people's property - often given to kids (who really aren't of an age to know the law) by their parents.
One local culprit won't be doing it again after damaging my radio mast (which is totally legal) - the fool actually did this when the Police were at my home checking out radio communications for a rally on the island. Some motor-sport events ban drones after at least one occasion when a helicopter was hampered from landing in an emergency (spectator critically ill) by a fool drone operator wanting sellable photos - really sick!
In the proper hands, drones can be life-savers and, as jasie says, model plane flyers have to abide by the rules.
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