What struck me was the specific help offered by Jamie Harburn, Air Traffic Controller, Serco ATC, MoD St Athan to enable pilots to fly safely and legally, even giving a phone number. A positive encouragement for once.
I emailed my local ATC well over a month ago to see if there was any possibility of flying at pre-agreed times as my local airport is not any longer commercial as such and just has helicopters and small privately owned aircraft which fly rarely but randomly. Not even the courtesy of a reply acknowledging receipt or simply saying no.
I note that the CAA suggest contacting them if there is difficulty contacting local ATCs. The above link shows that there are some authorities at least attempting to be helpful.to drone flyers rather than demonising them. The CAA are supposed to be helping to monitor drone flying safety so it would seem sensible for them to encourage better relationships between the drone community and ATCs and other authorities.
I will have a go at my local ATC again and also through the CAA see what they say.
Anyone else have a good connection with a local ATC or authority that is helpful? Maybe we could compile a list if there are any?