In “Lame Man’s Terms” what does the law state in regards to flying recreational SUAVs/drones in UK local parks & private land? I ask because I came across a USA ruling over such an issue (refer to the video link above). I know the laws are different across the pond but I just thought, “what if the laws are the same or similar?” What rules & laws can the local councils & land owners apply & enforce legally pertaining to our hobby? What are my rights as a recreational drone flyer?
I have flown in different public parks in Derby and had 2 encounters with the park rangers. The first ranger was pretty intrigued & asked a lot of questions. He did not mind me coming to fly around this particular park.
My 2nd encounter was in a different park where the ranger asked me to stop flying immediately & that I need to attain permission to fly from the council. She did not know which department deals with this matter and said just to call & I will be directed to the right person to talk to.
If they had any rules on this then they would have sign posted them at all the entrances like the dog shit rules which they never enforce. I will try to contact them probably next week to enquire. I would like us to make a list of questions before contacting them so if you have any that you want me to ask please post them & I will jot them down.
When it comes to privately owned land like National Trust sites, flying is banned by the Trust but surely they just own the land & not the airspace above it. I feel as long as you take off & land elsewhere you should be able to fly over their land unless the CAA have sanctioned the airspace above that particular land.
When I go to fly in these parks I always do a risk assessment & try to be as responsible as I can & stick to the flying guidlines issued by BMFA. I make sure there is a minimum amount of people before flying as shown in the attached images. The best time is when the kids are in school, you tend to share the park with a miniscule number of dog walkers who (from my experience) are generally pleasant.