This is not quite so black & white, as discussed in detail elsewhere. If you you takeoff from public land outside the NT or EH control, they can’t stop you overflying their land & property, as long as you apply the other rules about min distance from people & property.Also we are not allowed to fly at any site run by National Trust or English Heritage
This is not quite so black & white, as discussed in detail elsewhere. If you you takeoff from public land outside the NT or EH control, they can’t stop you overflying their land & property, as long as you apply the other rules about min distance from people & property.
That's true, though they'll still try and stop you if rangers see you flying ! But if they don't, and your videos don't appear until you are safely back home, then it's difficult to see what they could do in the way of holding you accountable, which might not be the case if you lived here...
So, welcome to the land of ‘Not quite sure!’
Take the UAV and power packs as carry-on luggage - it's illegal to carry LiPos in the main hold and generally a bad idea to trust your craft to any sort of baggage handler no matter how well packed !
UK drone law is subtly different to the States - we aren't allowed to fly over or within 450 ft of any built-up area (towns or crowds etc), and must also stay 150 ft away from buildings, major roads, people and structures. Our 400 ft maximum height rule is AGL,and the US '400 ft extension over landmarks' doesn't apply here. Also we are not allowed to fly at any site run by National Trust or English Heritage, which unfortunately is most of the good bits, and you will run into pretty much instant problems if you try and fly anywhere near the center of London.
You can use the NATS app to check NOTAMS, and that the area you want to fly isn't in an NFZ / controlled airspace, and UAVforecast to get the drone-centric weather / KP index information.
It is difficult trying to find places to fly in the UK, but some general advice would be to try and find public footpaths / bridleways near empty fields you can launch from (we have loads of those !) and out-of-town countryside areas where you have a lot more freedom.
Sorry if that sounds overly negative - I don't mean to put you off, but I figure forewarned is forearmed...
Have an excellent trip and happy flyings !
FYI, part of the White Cliffs of Dover are now owned by the National Trust (info page with map here), so technically their "no drones" bylaw applies.
However, I think the NT only owns a fairly narrow strip of land (a few 100m?) back from part of the cliffs, so you could potentially use their carpark, decamp to public land outside their remit, launch from there, and still maintain VLOS for an CAA compliant overflight, especially if you have strobes and are not right on top of the visitor centre. You're also going to be pretty close to the port of Dover though so there may be some flight restrictions in place as well, but DJI GO would obviously warn you of that if so.
Thank you! I will keep it in mind, the drone shot would be great but not worth trouble with the law in a foreign country. I think I will save it to the courtry side and use both DJI and Nats app to be safe.
great post could not have put it better myself thanks Dannybgoode
as you said in a earlier post if you are confronted by the police or a council ranger while flying be polite land if asked to and dont argue with them