Thanks to everyone who voted in this.
My conclusion to drone confrontation is that it may happen, and you should certainly be prepared for it as much as you should be your flight, but the odds of it happening are quite frankly, slim to none! Anyone that does approach you is likely going to be positive and enquire about features, specs, and cost.
Despite the YouTube videos, and rants on facebook, in reality it barely happens and if it has happened to you, and put you off, don’t let it, it probably wont happen again for a good while.
Today I put this to the the test with my first flight in what would defiantly be surrounded by members of the public. A work colleague asked if I could get some aerial footage of their larping session, in particularly a battle re-enactment that was taking place this afternoon on some Castle grounds.
I won’t go into the in’s and outs of the prepwork, as we all know what we should be doing, but the flight was done to the Drone Code and safe distance at all times from any crowds.
To try and reduce the chance of questioning I made myself as official as possible. ‘Drone Pilot’ lanyard, landing mat, and a copy of my submitted Drone Assist pre-flight report next to my bag in plastic sleeve.
A good hour or so of footage was obtained, a couple of battery changes, and absolutely nothing other than comments of ‘ooh cool’, ‘look kids it’s landing, watch’ ‘he’s got a better view there than we had’ etc.
Not a single grumble despite having families walking nearby throughout.