The group I met with yesterday for the first time hire (for £50) a field (literally in the middle of no where) every time they go (dry Sundays when warmer!). They charge £5 per person to turn up.
I actually asked how they had made this arrangement, and they had arranged this by a member who was working in a pub was talking to a guy who turns out owned a lot of land. So they just asked, he said come along and show me, and look at the fields, and boom… 4 years later still going.
I’ve wondered locally about it (like you so many fields that’d be suitable), but I can’t see my getting the courage to ask/find out. Would want more people involved too (group flying is great). Only done two the Willington meet and then this one yesterday.
I think a lot of luck involved to get that kind of arrangement…
TBH I don’t think you should ask, if you’re sticking to CAA rules you are fine regardless, if you’re flying so low you could annoy someone in the field and be accused of trespass just do it in an empty field.
What I did with our local farmers was to explain that I had a drone with a camera attached, asked for permission to fly over their fields, whilst explaining that no crops would be damaged by so doing and that when over-flying any livestock would be done at a height commensurate to not disturbing any of the animals.
How I “sweetened” the deal was by explaining that if ever they needed video/ still pictures to “inspect” their crops, then I would be more than happy to facilitate.
I got a resounding “no problem mate” from three farmers and so can fly on most fields surrounding where we live.
( there was one miserable bastard who said no, so now I just launch from the path and stick to CAA
rules over his land. )
I was able to catch each of them in turn whilst out and about.
I live in a small village and the three that said yes also live nearby.
The one who said no is well known locally for being “cantankerous” ( being kind)
See this is where I struggle to find FPV legal. I’m scared to do this. So I have a spotter, a park with goal posts… Drone is over 250 (under 600). So need to be 150m from any building… Also People! I dunno. There a great playing field near me would love to do it.
Does artivle 16 allow you to FPV in “built up” areas used for recreation over 250g? If so I’ll get it now.
(Obvs all with spotters, though seen plenty of FPV footage with no spotters).