I guess it had to happen. Today for the first time I was confronted by someone who objected to me flying my Mavic Mini. First I was asked if I had a licence. Yes I said but I didn’t bother to point out that the Mini didn’t need one. I was then accused of flying over her cottage. I hadn’t and pointed out that I am never fly closer than 50 metres to any building (nearer to 100 metres in this case). Asked if the drone had a camera. Yes but pointed out that I don’t continuously take photos whilst flying in the same way she probably doesn’t continuously take photos with her mobile phone. She said it upset her dog every time I flew. I didn’t comment but should have mentioned that I get annoyed with my neighbours mowing their lawns. I did finish the conversation by pointing out that I assume she didn’t complain every time a helicopter or light aircraft flew in the area because they might be filming her.
Interestingly she didn’t want my name but there again I wouldn’t have given it to her. Obviously there were things I should have said but I didn’t argue and was polite. Probably best in future to fly a little further away from her property but the Mini is a lot noisier than my Hubsan H501SS and her dog will probably hear it from a mile away.
Did I win the argument? Probably not! You can never convince the ignorant.
Confrontation is never pleasant.