But, because it was equipped with cameras, it is classed as being a small unmanned surveillance aircraft and was therefore being operated without permission from the Civil Aviation Authority and was breaching air navigation law
Good journalism that.
How can it be journalism when both grammar and spelling are worse than mine
But not everyone took that much notice of news relating to drones,?(ie; I don’t buy papers or watch tv)
Goes to show that suppliers should make customers aware that there are regs to adhere to.
He was lucky I guess, only £175
I lived for a while in this area, trust me you would never get away with anything up this area if you are an outsider or disliked maybe because …you have a drone.
What he did was wrong but £175 seems a bit steep to me for a man with a disabled daughter, perhaps a lesser fine to begin with and impose a 12 if caught again doing so ?
You can tell the police went for him sighting perverting the course of justice.
That’s what makes the story, wait till the Daily Mail get hold of it
Daughter shouldn’t really come into it.
Suppose it is an absolute offence, the circumstances dont matter and you are guilty even if you did not intend to commit a criminal act.
If a driver was caught driving his disabled daughter to a hospital after six pints, he’d still be guilty and subject to the same minimum penalty as anyone else.
Why did he have to “hand the drone over”…? Does the drone get confiscated…?
Probably seized as evidence.
I do feel sorry for the guy but if I buy any piece of kit, whether a drone, a car, a gun or anything else, I am responsible for it and should know the law. The magistrate reduced the fine because he pleaded (‘pled’ in Scotland) guilty. He did the right thing admitting his mistake.
Small bit of sympathy as a disabled daughter involved. However, most have been living under a rock not to have noticed the broo-ha regarding Gatwick/Heathrow etc and this November’s compulsory registration ? Being from the NE (of England), initially a tad confused, but I suppose Scotland is allowed to have ‘their’ NE ( as indeed are a
Fake news. It has to be. Andy McNab, really, has anyone checked?
Tbh when i got my 1st drone a few months ago i was totally ignorant of the drone code until i joined a group, I’d have probably done exactly the same thing, not now i must add lol passed with 97% fully insured but still learn something new every day
I’m sure many people will still be ignorant to the laws. Some will just see the drones as expensive toys that they’ll use in their local parks or fields. Every drone sold should come with some sort of paperwork advising the buyer of the drone code/laws.