I think some are being a bit unfair here. Matt runs a CAA approved NQE training school for flyers wanting training. It’s his job to interprate the frankly insanely confusing and often contradictaory rules and regs that the fucktarderinos at the CAA dream up behind their desks playing with their little pencil dicks.
My only criticism of Matt would be he can often take 10 minutes to give a 3 minute story, but he does know his stuff, he does query the CAA for clarification where he can, and ultimately he is indeed trying to give you the hard facts so you can make your mind up whether to follow them. And he’s a genuinely nice bloke who helps a lot of people. In saying this, I don’t agree with his stance on paths I should add…
Hand launching etc? Well, it’s not just the launching but the ongoing control on their land that’s the issue. So the old rule applies; take off and control from adjacent and fly over their land without issue.
I find quiet foot paths and lanes perfect for taking off. And the CAA have confirmed directly to Alan Proto of Phantom Flight School (NQE) who confirmed to one of my subscribers the following on footpaths:
“We have just had this reconfirmed by the CAA. Only exception is where the owner of the land has the power to pass their own bye-laws. Eg the National Trust. If they have the power to pass, and do pass, a bye-law to say “no taking off or landing on our property” then this trumps the general right to take off and land on the footpath.”