TLDR: Got berated, took images anyway as doing nothing wrong and sharing with you guys even if they are dross! p.s. they aren’t
So this photo is the result of the first time I have had any aggro from anybody when flying my drone and that includes the nerd that thought it was funny to start an half hour chat with me by moaning about how noisy my drone was.
But, back to topic. I popped in to what has become an annual event, TWSC (aka Team Waste Summer Camp) at a friends down St Clears way and had already planned this shoot on my way home. I started by contacting Pembrey Airport as the castle sits within its FRZ (just). They are what could be called, at best, a part time airport but official hours are Mon-Fri 09:00 to 17:30 and I was shooting at 19:30 on a Sunday of a BH weekend. They had no issues and no other, that I could find, flight restrictions were or are in place. Additionally, at that hour the castle was closed.
But I didn’t count on Mrs Busybody staff member working late and coming out to berate me that ‘if I share my imagery on social media then they will find out and police will track me down and “do stuff” (what that stuff is was never revealed)’ I tried to explain that I had permission, that I also ran the latest version of my software which would not allow me to takeoff in a no-fly zone and that I was complying with all current laws / rules / regulations (more than 50m from structures, not over 120m max, nobody within, well nobody but me around, etc) but Mrs B wasn’t having it. Apparently they are working in direct conjunction with the CAA, she has the regs on her desk, and police have prosecuted. Best bit is, she said I couldn’t fly over because it is ‘a “government building” and I wouldn’t fly over the tax office’ - well she’s right there, the tax office in Cardiff is a boring, soulless multi storey pile of modern s%^UI without even thinking about the nature of the built up area, etc… She even threatened to call the police and my response was to ‘please do’. I was happy to share my flight plan, my imagery and even my confirmation eMail from the airport. Instead, she just stomped off muttering at me so I threw a “I can’t hear you because you’re at the top of a hill and walking away from me” comment. Made me feel somewhat gratified
None of this blather worried me but it was her complete intransigence that did my skull in so after my flight I double checked some stuff.
- nowhere can I find a reference to anybody being prosecuted for a drone flight over or by Kidwelly Castle
- there are already a multitude of drone shots of the castle online: ( Google search )
So, I wasn’t bothered before but even if the images had turned out as pure dross I would still be posting them. You guys get the benefit of being first to see…
[fx: blows raspberry and sticks tongue out]