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Flying In The UK
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fansca03f17f
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Is it me or is it getting harder and harder to fly a drone in the UK?

I recently visited Carding Mill Valley and prior to going I checked their website and contacted them regarding taking my drone. Unfortunately they finally replied after I'd visited and subsequently didn't take the drone with me. Their reply wasn't much help anyway as they advised me to contact someone else.

I'm now on my way to visit the Peak District. Again I'm facing the same dilemma. My email regarding drone usage has been responded to with a "speak to someone else" response.

It's quite frustrating when you look online and see other people showing drone footage of these lovely bits of British Countryside. What does everyone else do when it comes to taking their drone with them? The areas aren't listed as no fly zones and as long as we follow the drone code we should be able to use them.
2017-6-16
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CoreyB10
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I always check to see what residential/business structures are round my fly area, measure the distance if there is any and try my best to keep legal. I have done ladybower, Derwent water and a few reservoirs round sheffield. When people come up to me and ask what I'm doing - educate them and show them the view from above. More often than not they are amazed as most people don't understand what they are apart from whats on the news. Download UAV Forcast as this has weather for the day and shows a map of any potential no-fly zones by DJI and by the CAA. Hope this helps. Planning is key before you go out my friend.
2017-6-28
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Nixtoo
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Flight distance : 6562 ft
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I thought all of the Peak District park was a no fly zone?
2017-6-28
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johnmichaels
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looks ok according to

no fly drones

2017-7-11
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Rigger73
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I'm in Northern Ireland, and went flying around Scrabo Tower near Newtownards on Sunday night.

It's within the 2 mile boundary of the Ards airport and the Ulster Flying Club, but I made sure to visit the club in the evening, and confirm there was no traffic, take offs or landings.

The flying club manager was there -  thanked me for checking, and it was appreciated - followed by go enjoy myself.


Good to see that not everyone is anti-drone.
2017-7-25
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Wizzokartworld
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i fly to the drone code and get some good pictures one thing you get told no to flying in some places that you can fly in by people that don't know
2017-11-14
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Dorset_Horn
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Rigger73 Posted at 2017-7-25 03:47
I'm in Northern Ireland, and went flying around Scrabo Tower near Newtownards on Sunday night.

It's within the 2 mile boundary of the Ards airport and the Ulster Flying Club, but I made sure to visit the club in the evening, and confirm there was no traffic, take offs or landings.

Good advice. Thanks.
2018-2-6
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Rigger73
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I'd love to fly my drone at the Giant's Causeway, but the National Trust have a blanket ban on flying drones on their land - and the Giant's Causeway is a considerable bit of land.

They are covering their arris, by stating they are protecting privacy.  Balls.

When I fly a drone - I don't want people in the image - I want to film the landscape.


I've even had people waiting in shot, when Ive been shooting wth the DSLR because they thought I was a Pro-Photographer - and they might get in a magazine.
It's a bit of a let down, when you ask them why they keep looking and smiling at the camera.  All you want is the shot - not some wannabe in your frame.
2018-2-6
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