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NedUK
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Flight distance : 555262 ft
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How many of you here have done the course and got the CAA ticket..

How many of you are “bending the rules” when it comes to flying in public areas like beaches etc?

I myself have been know to and after posting a couple of videos on social media received lots of amazing feedback but then always find there is one or 2 that wants to quote the law to me and how I breaking it..

Just looking for honest opinions.
2018-5-4
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DPJ
First Officer
Flight distance : 21686 ft
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I wasn't even aware there was a course Nobody has moaned at me yet, guess that's a benefit of living in Devon, no one cares as long as you stay away from them.
2018-5-4
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Ram-UK
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Flight distance : 414163 ft
United Kingdom
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I don’t fly around properties, people or anywhere near busy areas.
I find a park or an open area where no one or  less people and wait until it’s safe to fly (clear of people at least within 30m radius).
Always keep my drone with in VLOS.
If I see too many people around (specially children) abort the operation and leave the place.
So far a few people have approached me to ask me about the drone and they were very impressed.

Hope it continue without any problem.
2018-5-4
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NedUK
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Same here usually anyone that stops to ask is very positive and impressed.

Also line of sight and if out of line of sight due to distance it’s over water so if lost would only be me to lose..

Guess it’s just some people
2018-5-4
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Breezer74
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Flight distance : 20072 ft

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Same here.  Being 100% honest it's probably following spirit of the law rather than letter of the law.  I comply with all I can, but It's not always easy to fly further than 50m from anyone not under your control.  E.g. the person who walks over to talk to you about drones.  I keep within altitude limits, don't approach NFZs, keep VLOS and, as much as possible, stay away from other people, but definitely away from crowds and other peoples property without consent.  As with a normal camera, if you respect others you will generally be fine.  The only times I've been approached so far it's by people who've been interested, so I'm friendly and haven't had a single issue.
2018-5-4
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Nixtoo
Second Officer
Flight distance : 6562 ft
United Kingdom
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I try to follow the drone code they published, what’s the caa ticket?
2018-5-4
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A CW
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Flight distance : 12408635 ft
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I tend to work with the CAA drone code guidelines as much as possible. Flying over beaches is not a breach of the drone code so long as the drone is more than 50m away from people and buildings. BTW - the drone code is not a legal directive passed through parliament into British law. For that you will need to look at the air navigation order which actually states that UAV's may be flown up to 1,000' AGL providing manned aircraft are not placed at risk. The 400' rule set in the drone code is a guideline to help prevent the criminal offence of placing manned aircraft at risk. I always fly under 400' to be safe but that's a fact. Anyone who tells you that flying over a beach in the UK is illegal does not know anything about aviation law and their case would be thrown out before even reaching a court room - unless the beach is private property or a local authority has banned drones on that public beach as part of a written by-law. And all beaches controlled by the crown estate permit drones (even the Queen likes them)!
2018-5-4
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embayweather
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Flight distance : 556667 ft
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I have done the course and have my PfCO. Frankly with the amount it cost to get that piece of paper you will not find me breaking any of the rules deliberately. I fly on the beach as it is only a few hundred yards from my home, but most often almost deserted, possibly because it is all grass. As with others all the enquiries I have had are from interested people and have always been friendly. Horsey folk can be a problem but working with them everyone is happy.
Following on from A CW thoughts the beach can be private property and public land near us, and there is no definitive map to show which is which. I use the simple route of knowing that anything up to the high tide mark is the property of the Queen and thus available to the public. Really useful as our high tide mark is very high indeed, often covering the road.
2018-5-5
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Jeetley
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Flight distance : 123944 ft
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not me...i think quite a few people break the rules (not intentionally) when they first start with a drone. through naivety mostly then as they progress and gain knowledge and experience the more responsible they become.
just my opinion
2018-5-5
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NedUK
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Flight distance : 555262 ft
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I like that, follow the spirit of the law...

I also avoid no fly zones, I was in Portland yesterday and about to fly to watch an open day that was being held lots of sailing and paddle sports going on but realised I was stood right next to a coast guard helicopter pad...

2018-5-5
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ChrisJG
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Flight distance : 460131 ft
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Not completed the CAA course, but thinking about doing so over the Summer Holidays - suspect that amateur drone flyers will have to take some form of test once the UK government has time on it's hands, so will see.  Have followed the drone code so far, with the exception of accidentally going to 153 metres  high...I thought that the app would limit my height, so spent 5 minutes squinting to keep my Spark in sight, and was shocked to see the height that it had flown to!
2018-5-6
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Sunstone
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Flight distance : 960732 ft
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Yeah, still a relative newbie myself having got my first drone in October but I may have had a go at bending those rules.

I keep out the way of people and built up areas, but the LOS and altitude rule had to be bent, as a newbie it has to be done just from sheer curiosity, however my Go4 app is now set to 400ft (120m) limit and after scratching that itch, its more about perfecting my flying skills within the confounds of the law.
2018-12-5
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A CW
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Sunstone Posted at 12-5 10:32
Yeah, still a relative newbie myself having got my first drone in October but I may have had a go at bending those rules.

I keep out the way of people and built up areas, but the LOS and altitude rule had to be bent, as a newbie it has to be done just from sheer curiosity, however my Go4 app is now set to 400ft (120m) limit and after scratching that itch, its more about perfecting my flying skills within the confounds of the law.

The 400' rule was passed into law earlier this year so what I stated in my earlier post on this thread was correct at the time of writing. If you fly a drone higher than 400' AGL now and are caught you may very well be prosecuted and face an UNLIMITED fine or even a custodial sentence as it is now very much a criminal offence...
2018-12-7
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o_laparoto
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Flight distance : 708471 ft
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Not sure what kind of comments you received, but I also get those from time to time on my videos.

I do try to follow the rules and request authorization to fly all the time, but sometimes it's a spur of the moment thing and if there is no one around and not a NFZ, I'll take off for a quick photo and/or video.

When I get those comments I tend to think that they come from people who want other to follow the rules as they do so that the regulations do not get any tighter. I think they mean well with their comments, but sometimes do not express it in the best way.
2018-12-11
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fansb0c90eab
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Flight distance : 1401 ft
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With the new Drone Registration that has been introduced. I was wondering what could stop someone from copying the sticker information (OP  I.D.), from a registered pilots drone  - meaning that they could fly under someone else's registration information. Then if they are involved in an incident  the authorities would contact the registration op I.d. that's attached to the retrieved drone ?. Just a thought ?.
2019-11-6
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ChrisJG
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If you are talking about the recreational fliers ticket, yes yesterday. There's one beach that I visited late one afternoon, hardly anyone around, and got some great footage, but on Facebook got rebuked by someone, who I suspect works for the Earl of Leicester who owns the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea...
2019-11-6
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mkn8382
lvl.2
Flight distance : 19816 ft

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Got my certificate and license done already
2019-11-18
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mattj47
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i fly mostly in my club field or middle of no where,
i have done site surveys for a friend free of charge where i am between buildings.
theres no point doing any course apart from dmares as there doesnt exist a drone that has the CE requirements and manufacturers dont have to comply untill 2023.
i also wonder with the lack of police how the rules will be enforced.
i fly safe,within line of site and stay well away from any airports or sensitive areas.
the people who have asked have been friendly and i make sure im polite and answer any questions, the fact im in hard hat and high vis also tends to add confidence in passersby.
i just think be safe and not fly like an idiot as ive seen on youtube vids and people respect and even show interest.
1-27 09:32
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oxid8ter
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Flight distance : 1047 ft

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I did the CAA flyer and operator online. Only cost £9 for both - no need to do the PfCO unless you intend to fly for business.

I do wonder how many people that comment on videos quoting the law are trying to be helpful, and how many are doing it out of jealousy...
1-30 04:20
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djiuser_2OSHaByDSurR
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Flight distance : 19918 ft

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Hi there hope someone can help me I have just gone a bought myself a maverick air second hand but it had only been flow for 1hour on the flight record got it home and when to charge it all up and plugged the controller in and it didn't seem to click in but it charged OK had to got out so unplugged it tried  next day couldn't get it to click in again now its broken won't connect to the phone or charger and I can't buy a button board for the mavic air anywhere just mavic pro please can someone help me
5-30 07:25
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malgpz900
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djiuser_2OSHaByDSurR Posted at 5-30 07:25
Hi there hope someone can help me I have just gone a bought myself a maverick air second hand but it had only been flow for 1hour on the flight record got it home and when to charge it all up and plugged the controller in and it didn't seem to click in but it charged OK had to got out so unplugged it tried  next day couldn't get it to click in again now its broken won't connect to the phone or charger and I can't buy a button board for the mavic air anywhere just mavic pro please can someone help me

Would you not be better off starting a new thread. This one is about licencing. People who have already read the posts may not realise your new post is looking for help.
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