I assume you’re one of those polite people who takes a photo at a rock festival then asks everyone in the shot for their permission! If you are in public place anyone can take a ohoto of you from the ground or a Drone. If you don’t want to be photographed stay indoors all you lifeI'm not sure how anyone can avoid flying over private land and in some cases near or over homes. I live in a rural area and frequently fly over the hundreds of farm acreage and not experienced any issues. I fly between 300-400 ft much of the time, although lately, lower for a different perspective. If I see people, I change course to avoid them. There is no way to know if a nutcase or two is out there with a weapon, or if they believe I am taking photos of them. I think the only thing we can do is operate with respect for privacy as much as possible. If someone expresses concern, I would most likely respond as you did to start.
As a nonretired editor I would point out that putting “offending” in quotes implies I said I was offended. I did not, so please don’t imply I said something I didn’t.Quote from 'Mr. Salty':
Who is the “our” you keep referring to? Are you a law firm, or are you using sort of a royal plural?
And not to state the obvious but the OP wasn’t in the ”guy’s face” or anyone else’s.
Apologies for 'Offending' you. Think we mentioned being a Retired Editor?
I had the same situation a few weeks ago. Posted here "Unscheduled drone demo", you can read about it there.LOL! That brings up another issue. I could be out flying and some passerby will come up and start bending my ear. They have no clue that I'm trying to concentrate on safely flying this contraption 300 ft in the air. In fact, the guy that stopped to complain about flying over his house obviously didn't think of that. I eventually told him, "look, I can't keep talking about this, I have to concentrate on what I'm doing." Then he was on his merry way.
Agree, I wonder why they are so intent on giving you a hard time. What have they got to hide.I assume those that have issue with people flying over their property are not to happy with Google Earth images and street view. Common sense needs to be applied, people do not own or control air space.
I do not have high expectations that the general public will display common sense. I'm referning that the RPIC display common sense when flying and dealing with land owners. In other words, don't buzz their house or livestock etc.Common sense and the general public, now that's a good one!!
I'd also bet if you pointed out things like Google Earth to them, they'd either have no argument at all, or one that was so dumb you'd be left speechless.