Just bought a DJI Mavic Pro 3 for real estate photography. I have a couple of questions about airspace.
I want to fly my drone in Alderley Edge, near Manchester. Can you see any restrictions flying in this area?
Alderly Edge is located just outside the restricted zone for manchester airport, however, the DJI overlay indicates that it’s in class D airspace, is this an issue as I believe it extends from the ground up, and not from a designated altitude?
What lateral distance should you keep from a prison? HMS Styal is located in the red zone of Manchester, not sure how far away I should keep.
@Sparkyws and @kvetner are our resident ‘Manchester experts’, I’m sure they’ll be along soon to offer more local advice
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One caveat, the National Trust woodlands are problematic, they have wardens on site, and the NT don’t allow drone flying on their land - they try and tell you that you cannot even overfly, but that is incorrect. If you want to fly over the woods, then you will need to Take Off and Land (TOAL) away from their property… Good luck, looking forwards to seeing your images and footage, and welcome to the forum…
Thanks for the response guys. Last thing I want is to get into trouble with the CAA. For some reason I thought you could not fly within 5km for a prison. Is it possible to fly in restricted zones with permission, not prisons, CTZ and other restricted airspace?
Alderley edge is a bit of a "millionaires row’ kind of area so they expect to be able to dictate the terms. Overflight of any built structures as waypoints on a longer flight path is completely within the law as long as your altitude is 80 feet or higher than the tallest point of any building you fly over. Check dronescene.co.uk for a wealth of NATS based visual data to confirm the presence, or lack thereof of flight restrictions
If there’s a restriction then no but I can’t find any specific reference either. This site claims there is but I’ve followed some, not all, of their links and none have taken me to a definitive source.