I am automotive network engineer by profession. One of my passion is photography. I usely take pictures on mobile devices.I have recently purchased DJI Mini 2 and looking forward to explore great locations across West Midlands and whole of UK
You see my work on Instagram: usmanasgharch
I thanks @ianinlondon, for such a details video on drone photography and laws; also pointing out such amazing club.
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
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
As someone that’s flying around the West Midlands & Warwickshire region there’s some things you should be aware of in regards bye-laws!!
Mainly that Birmingham City Council will attempt to enforce their bye-laws in regards drones and their parks. So the sensible thing to do in regards parks is either not fly at the them full stop. If you fancy pushing your luck take off and land outside of the park, theortically, they can’t stop you ‘flying over’ or at least wait for the rangers to be done for the day. Obviously that gets a bit easier when daylight is more on your side than it currently is.
The same can be said for Warwickshire, Shropshire and I think Staffordshire Councils. It’s always worth double checking which authority runs a park as well, as sometimes parks in a different council, such as Kingsbury and Chasewater which come under North Warwickshire & Lichfield respectively are actually run by Warwickshire and Staffordshire.
Cannock Chase is excellent open space for learning to get to grips with your controls and Barr Beacon tends to be a firm favourite with local GADC pilots to get to grips with doing some cinematic orbits and what not.
Obviously the DroneScene map as linked by Chris above will give you some excellent places to hone your skills as well that us local pilots have added.
Only from what we’ve found out for ourselves in the most part, however whenever you’re thinking about flying somewhere it’s always worth checking on DroneScene. A) for the authority tool, which you can get too by clicking on the question mark
Then click FOI request.
click this link
Which in Birmingham’s case, takes you to here and you can download their ‘draft’ policy
and B) Obvously DroneScene will also give you any warnings of anything going on in the area that may mean you shouldn’t fly that day, due to whatever reason, and you can also submit your own flight reports to let other air users know you’ll be about.
I tend to always google search before I go somewhere too. Such as “kenilworth castle drones” which will bring up English Heritage and they will have a thing saying “no drones allowed”
But as you’ll learn as long as you’re not taking off and landing on their land, then they can’t stop you over flying. They own land. Not airspace. No one owns airspace apart from the CAA.
Obvs obey the CAA drone code as well, especially in regards overflying people.