After one year flying drones (both Mavic and FPV self-build), I can say I’m still not comfortable. Not for the flight itself, but for the flying locations.
I moved to England 5 years and 1/2 ago, and I have troubles understanding what rules are important and what rules are not.
First example: there are several footpaths in my area where it is explicitly written bicycles are forbidden. Guess what, it’s full of cyclists. Not just people going to work, but whole families. And no-one cares.
Second example: there are fields where it is mandatory to keep dogs on leads. Guess what, all the dogs run around free as birds
Third example: I can often see photographers trespassing into fields to take pictures of animals.
Here is my problem: as parks are normally full of people and dogs (probably even due to the pandemic) regardless of the time of the day - yes, I see people walking the dog on Sunday at 7 am - and I’d like to stay within the rules, I can’t find a suitable place to fly.
Footpaths are quite busy; all the fields are surrounded by barbed wires - even the ones apparently not used for animal feeding or farming, and all the gates locked with padlocks.
I’m from Italy, where the open spaces are… really open and I’m struggling to understand what to do.
As every piece of land is taken, it seems to me that the rights of ownership are pushed to the limit.
Edit: don’t forget the business car parks empty over the week end! There’s one next to me with a big banner “we are watching you”. Damn, it’s empty! It’s Sunday! Relax yourself!
What’re your thoughts on this?