Visiting fan fined for flying drone near Isle of Man TT course

I would place a 100 to 1 bet he wasn’t flying a phantom.

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I’m not sure if you can compare his recklessness with the bike riders racing on open roads resulting in fatalities every year.


Same happened last year.

It is an impressively controlled event, especially considering the locality and terrain. The riders know exactly what they are going into before they start, relying on the organisation and constraints placed on them and the general public. They don’t, break any laws racing, this drone pilot did. Nuff said :zipper_mouth_face:


Rather sad that the link shows a 10 year old phantom 2 Vision which incidentally was my very first quad

Your reply is total bollox, since the inception of the TT in 1907 there have been 269 deaths resulting from the racing. The course is 37 miles long compared to the longest F1 couese at just over 4 miles and is on regular roads. Apart from this outside of TT only the built the built up areas have speed limits (no speed cameras on the island) and the remainder of the roads have no limit whatsover. Statistically you are twice as likely to die or have serious injuries in a road accident compared to the UK.


Each to their own :smile:


I saw this item on the BBC news website. The guy’s excuse was that he was unaware of any fying restrictions and only trying to film the campsite he was staying at; he got fined £500! There is no CAA-type no-fly zone as around airports or prisons, or NOTAM applying to the area (do CAA have any authority on Man?), and if this was a first attempt the fine seems a bit steep (of course, not very long ago he might have been birched, which make ot seem less steep!).

I realise it is the drone flyer’s individual responsibility to make certain that they are allowed to fly in any location at any time, but if this was a first offence perhaps a warning lecture to not do it again might have been better. A course steward reported him to the Manx police apparently eithout speaking to him; it sounds like something that could have been better handled by the stewards without involving the police. The BBC piece said he was apologetic.

As a newbie, I’m finding that finding how to get permission is not the easiest of tasks, and if there are temporary regulations for a sporting event, even less easy. He should have perhaps suspected that restrictions were in place before flying, but even so…

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UK and European SUA regulations do not apply on the Isle of Man.


Youm ust not fly your SUA:

  • at night as it can be very difficult to monitor your SUA flight properly so that you can avoid collisions
  • over 400 feet above the ground. This reduces the chance of a conflict with a manned aircraft
  • over or within 150m of a substantially residential, industrial, commercial or recreational area
  • over or within 150m of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1000 people
  • closer than 50m to people and properties (30m from people during take-off and landing)
  • within 5km of the Isle of Man Airport
  • in the vicinity of the Isle of Man Prison at Jurby

unless you have permission from the Isle of Man CAA.

Yes there is, you need to check Drone Assist as it’s non-UK. The prison is at the north-west of the island.

There was a red NFZ during the week covering the entire course and everything inside. So no excuse really.

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Or our very own DroneScene


:man_facepalming: I think I hadn’t zoomed in enough to see them on Drone Scene. Ah well, that’s at least two resources then that would have shown the NFZs.

A friend of mine who is a regular at the TT and his brother lives on the IOM says they are mega strict about rule breaking during the TT and it’s not uncommon for non residents to be asked to leave the island if they are found to have broken rules around the TT and they also have much higher fines too ( £1000 )

He said this guy got of lucky.

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the isle of man are a funny lot when it suits them they want to be part of the uk laws and policies
the CAA is very active on the isle of man and so is Nats , i have natts approval to work on there sites in the isle of man and the uk
i was on one of there sites during TT

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It really is an amazing event

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That puts it in perspective!

You just about said all that needs to be said.

Honestly its not that hard the caa send out emails with all temporary restrictions if you sign up for them and plenty of maps like drone scene will show more permanent restrictions such as frz etc.
Its a simple matter to request permission to fly in a frz for a small aerodrome though I’ve never had try a larger one like gatwick