Glitch fixed, sorry about that
We’ve made a few more changes to the Drone Scene web site this weekend too.
We probably should have added a bit more insight to the first post in this thread about why we’re changing the Drone Scene web site, but I’ll try and provide that insight now.
In its former life, the Drone Scene web site was open to anyone. In fact, you could post a location pin on the map without even being a GADC member (these show up as the author being ‘Anonymous’. Naturally, over time, this has led to some questionable locations being added.
That, coupled with the new airfield restrictions (FRZs) that came in to effect in March this year, meant that some locations which were posted legally at the time, may not be so legal to fly in today.
This was one of the main incentives for us adding the FRZ map layer to Drone Scene. You can now see if a location is in a current FRZ.
Our aim is to make the Drone Scene web site the number one place for people to check to see where they can fly their drone safely and legally.
In order to reach that aim we’ve been steadily making the changes that you see today.
To help aid our mission, the changes we’ve added this weekend include:
When adding a location to the map, the FRZ layer is visible by default (you can turn it if off if you wish)
You must now confirm that the location is not in a current FRZ
You must confirm that you either had permission to fly from the location, or that permission was not required
Only GADC members may now add locations. Public/anonymous access has been completely removed
Added a “400ft” height limitation page. This is one of the most commonly asked questions - Easy URL to remember too so please share it: https://dronescene.co.uk/400ft
As regular members will know, we are not the drone police. Our club has always been freely open to discussion about modifications and the removal of limitations imposed by some manufacturers, but at the same time we as a Club have a responsibility to promote safe, responsible and legal flying in the UK.
The goal posts are constantly moving in terms of where we can fly as hobbyists and the locations that are currently on the Drone Scene site may not be legit now (due to the laws constantly changing) but with the aid of things like FRZ layers, we hope Drone Scene will allow you, the hobbyist, to make your own safe, considered and informed decisions about where you can fly.
Over time, we may even remove the old ‘Anonymous’ locations completely.
Again, as mentioned above, if you have any feature requests or suggestions on changes we might make in order to help our mission, we’d love to hear them