Hello from Epsom Downs


I have just got my first drone, a DJI Mini SE.

The plan is to use this for personal videos on holidays and days out. Although I will use it for some aerial shots at work.

The drone is under 250g, but has a camera so as far as I can tell I need to take a test with CAA.

I am a little concerned that although the smaller drone can be flown within the rules in a lot of places. There seems to be a lot of restrictions at various places from the land owner etc.

Anyway, I look forward to finding tips and tricks from the members here.

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Hi @Flat7 - welcome to GADC :+1: :+1: :+1:

Would suggest your first port of call is here …

This is the CAA intro to flying drone and what you need to do to fly legally.

For your Mini SE - as yous say it is sub 250 gram so this chart tells what the Op ID and Flyer ID requirements …

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One of the mods will be along shortly with an intro “pack” with info on Drone Scene - this the club’s own utility for places to fly and is recommended by the CAA too :+1: :+1: :+1:

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Hi @Flat7 and welcome to Grey Arrows :wave:t2:

Have you seen our members map? (Click the burger-menu in the top right) You may find some pilots living near you. Feel free to add yourself to the members map too :+1:t2:

We’re a well established club with many knowledgeable members so it’s very likely that any issues you come across will have been discussed here before. Our discussion forum has very powerful search features which should help you find what you need but if you get stuck you can post a new question in the #questions-and-answers category.

Looking for recommendations of places to fly? Check out our interactive map on Drone Scene - be sure to log in to gain access to the full suite of features and map layers:

And please feel free to add locations of your own too.

Please also take a moment to look at the Membership Levels section on our FAQ as we’re quite different to other clubs and you’ll be eligible for some rather exclusive club discounts as your membership level increases :blush:

Welcome once again!

Welcome to GADC :clap: :clap:

Welcome from the Black Country.

Completed my CAA test last weekend. I got a flyer and operator number, because it was easy to do both.

I just need to find some interesting places to fly and learn the controls and settings.

Hi. I’ve just got back into it after neglecting flying for a year. I flew on the Downs on Sunday, really nice.
Looking for a few other places locally. There’s some open space near the Hogsmill that should be OK

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I was hoping to get to Colley Hill at some time…

That looks lovely. National Trust, so would there be an issue TOAL or is their no drones policy only their stately homes /gardens etc?

I hadn’t realised that was NT as well. I took the drone to Boxhill where they had posters asking for no drones, so no fly there.

I found the hogsmill and horton country park great for flying Ben just odd dog walkers now and then never had any issues. :+1:

Hi there,
I’m a new member too with a sub 250g Mini3 Pro.
I did the CAA test to get a flyer ID; although it’s not mandatory for our class of drone, I thought it was really useful from a learning perspective and good practice.
I also joined the FPVUK.org as it gives you significant public liability insurance when flying legally - they do an online competency test too, which is pretty similar to the CAA flyer ID multi-choice test and free to do when you join.
It’s all pretty easy, just felt it was worthwhile as I’m sure at some point I’ll get challenges/interactions when I’m out with my drone.
Happy flying!!

Thanks. I might check it out on Sunday if it’s not raining