I’m Mel and I’m part of the Visual Arts team at Blackpool Sixth Form College. Way back before Covid times we began introducing drone photography to our creative students as workshops with experienced drone pilots. This proved so popular and benficial that we decided to purchase our own drone in early 2020. Unfortunately Covid lockdowns/strict health and safety measures then hit and we have been unable to deliver any practical drone sessions with our students and our drone has so far remained unused.
I’m now looking to kickstart this again but, since last year, there have been so many developments and changes to the laws that I’m struggling to see how we can deliver flying opportunities effectively and feasibly with our students. (Especially with the particular drone we purchased - the A2 legacy Mavic Air 2, which we were originally recommended for good quality photography). As I understand it, unless we are flying in wide open spaces, we would now need every student who wishes to use it to pass an A2 CofC which is really not viable for us.
Anyone out there have any advice on using a similar drone in an educational setting? It’s looking as though we may have to bite the bullet and sell our current drone in favour of a smaller one which can be flown in the A1 category but I’m hoping there may be other possibilites?
Any advice welcome!
Thanks and best wishes,