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mixstreme
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In response to the people who still buy this unit and then Fly it over a football match, school, Military base, Nuclear base/plant  etc...   
You and people like you will be the downfall of this Hobby, I sincerely hope the law serves a dish that you so deserve....

THERE IS AN ACTIVE ALERT FOR SUCH INSTANCES THROUGHOUT THE POLICE FORCES AND ANY USAGE THAT IS SEEN WILL BE QUESTIONED AND INVESTIGATED.


For the others who fly with respect and consideration that's required......

Models under 7kg. do not have any specific height limits, however Articles 138, 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order do apply to models.
Flying at an inappropriate height could cause you to be in breach of one or more of those Articles
- eg. "A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.
" and "The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that t he flight can safely be made."

There's lots more detail in CAP658, which gives guidance on how avitaion law applies to model flying.




UK Personal UAV/UAS Law
The use of personal UAV’s ( drones, quadcopters, model planes and the like ) in the UK is governed by the CAA ( Civil Aviation Authority ) and the legal bits and bobs is covered in the The Air Navigation Order “CAP393 The Air Navigation Order“.

If you are reading this I would assume you will fall under the “Small Unmanned Aircraft” section and if you have a camera attached to it also the “Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft” section.


The articles which are relevant to flying your R/C toy are: 138, 166 and 167.

CAP393 The Air Navigation Order
Article        Details
138        A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.
166        Small Unmanned Aircraft
(1) A person must not cause or permit any article or animal (whether or not attached to a parachute) to be dropped from a small unmanned aircraft so as to endanger persons or property.
(2) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.
(3) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.
(4) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft which has a mass of more than 7kg excluding its fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of its flight, must not fly the aircraft:
(a) in Class A, C, D or E airspace unless the permission of the appropriate air traffic control unit has been obtained;
(b) within an aerodrome traffic zone during the notified hours of watch of the air traffic control unit (if any) at that aerodrome unless the permission of any such air traffic control unit has been obtained; or
(c) at a height of more than 400 feet above the surface unless it is flying in airspace described in sub-paragraph (a) or (b) and in accordance with the requirements for that airspace.
(5) The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must not fly the aircraft for the purposes of aerial work except in accordance with a permission granted by the CAA.
167        Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft
(1) The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any of the circumstances described in paragraph (2) except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA.
(2) The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) are:
(a) over or within 150 metres of any congested area;
(b) over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
(c) within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft; or
(d) subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), within 50 metres of any person.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), during take-off or landing, a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person.
(4) Paragraphs (2)(d) and (3) do not apply to the person in charge of the small unmanned surveillance aircraft or a person under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.
(5) In this article ‘a small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ means a small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.


Article 167 would lead you to believe the FPV ( first person view ) flight of your quadcopter or other craft would fall under this. This is not the case. 167(5) makes it out that a small unmanned surveillance aircraft is an aircraft equipped to “undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition” but
CAP722 (http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP722.pdf) article 3.4 in Section 3 Chapter 1 page 2 refers to this
The provision of image or other data solely for the use of controlling or monitoring the aircraft is not considered to be applicable to the meaning of ‘Surveillance or Data Acquisition’ covered at Article 167 for SUSA.
However if the video is captured in some way and used for other purposes the CAA considers the flight to have been for data acquisition and article 167 does apply.
CAA exemption from Article 166(3) for FPV fliers where the criteria of the exemption are met and the stipulations are followed:
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mixstreme
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Not sure how I posted this here, it was meant to be in the warnings section for new users........

ADMIN = HELP.......
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