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Urban Drone Photography Norwich

Drone Photography NorwichUrban Drone photography is still a relatively new style of photography and comes with its own set of challenges. Here in the The UK, The Civil Aviation Authority lay down a set of air navigation laws that apply to the use of drones with an emphasis on protecting unlawful flights in congested areas. The purpose of these laws is there to protect not only members of public but also to protect licensed drone operators who operate within the law when carrying out Urban Drone Photography. Following recent arrests by climate change demonstrators at London’s Heathrow Airport and major disruption at Gatwick Airport during December 2018 the Civil Aviation Authority implemented new strict regulations for drones that carry a camera on board and record data.

The Congested Area – Urban Drone Photography

A congested area is defined as ‘any area of a city, town or settlement which is substantially used for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes.’ This covers a multitude of locations including housing estates, retail parks, theme parks, shopping centres, industrial areas, football grounds and city centre areas. It means that urban Drone Photography can be difficult to capture “LEGALLY” as the requirements to fly mean that many areas are off completely off limits and finding an area in an urban environment that ticks all the boxes for safe lawful flights are often limited.Commercial Drone Filming Norfolk

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Undertaking “Legal”Flying in the Centre of the City of Norwich falls completely into the realms of the Congested Area. However, working with Orbit Homes to document the building of an exciting new community of prestigious residential and commercial properties in Norwich, we opened up the ideal opportunity to capture Urban Drone Photography and scenes of  the vibrant, history filled city. Congested Area flights prohibit flying near a congested area at any distance closer than 150m. This is just one rule of many that dictate where a drone can be flown, alongside restrictions such as flying over 50m away from another person and keeping the drone within 500m of the pilot horizontally at all times. In order to acquire such permission, it is important that you are able to demonstrate the safety measures you plan to put in place to ensure that you fly responsibly in this risky area in a way that put no person, property or fellow aircraft in danger.

Professional commercial Drone Photography in a congested area requires extensive planning, risk assessment, insurance and a permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to allow for commercial operation. There are literally thousands of unlicensed drone operators currently flying within the UK and as recently as September 2019, reports of a near miss involving an Air Ambulance narrowly missing a Drone flying at three times the legal height were reported to the Civil Aviation Authority. Why You Should Only Hire a Licensed Drone Pilot?

Putting an unlicensed pilot to work, particularly when filming Urban Drone Photography, breaches CAA regulations if there is any form of payment either in terms of money, goods or services in return for flying for a client. While the pilot ay be prosecuted, you may also be held responsible. In addition to these fees, you could find yourself liable for damages that result from operating the drone. Providing aerial photography and videography, drones are capable of capturing a huge amount of detail including things that shouldn’t end up on film. If these devices violate a person’s privacy rights in any way, you and the unlicensed pilot could be held accountable. Licensed Operators understand the limits of privacy laws and how to direct the drone in a way that won’t violate these rights. UK Drone Licensing requires an individual to show they understand how to not only operate a drone, but also how to fly  in a variety various conditions such as avoiding obstacles or considerations of bad weather. Without this knowledge, the risk of an accident increases, putting you and others in danger.

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New Drone Laws Set for UK

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Recreational Drone Flyers to Be Regulate Under New Drone Laws

New Drone Laws are set to be passed for the UK including the possibility of competency testing under legislation planned by the government. The New Drone Laws follow huge increases in the sales of drones to untrained recreational flyers, escalating near miss reports and increases in Drone based criminal activity.

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The crackdown on irresponsible flying in the UK may include;

New Drone Laws restricting maximum flight altitude to 400 feet for recreational flyers (in line with current legislation for Commercial Operators)

Banning the use of Drones weighing more than 250g from flying near airports. or above 400 ft, in a crackdown on unsafe flying.

New Drone Laws may allow Police to seize Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles believed to be linked to criminal activity.

New Drone Laws to Include Mandatory Registration and Safety Tests

Like all technology, drones are open to misuse. “Introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public,” said aviation minister Lord Callanan in a statement. The government’s intention is set to to ensure all new users of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles other than children’s toys are centrally registered. It remains unknown quite how legislation will be implemented and the details at this stage remain vague to say the very least. It Recreational Drone Flyers may be able to register online with mandatory testing set to cover key areas include privacy, safety and security aspects of flying Drones.

Purchasing of Drones through online retailers based outside of the UK mean that registration can be easily avoided. The physical amount of drone sales in the UK would be complete guesswork. Until now, there has been no requirement to track how many units are in operation unless Drones are used as a commercial operation tool. The CAA has seen a ten fold increase in the past year, with over 3150 licemsed operators working in the UK alone. There are likely to be literally thousands of recreational flyers who will be affected by New Drone Laws.

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Near Misses

British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq document 34  drone-related Airprox incidents up until the end of May and these are purely the reported incidents without any other type of non aircraft incidents that have affected public, vehicles and buildings.  The Drone Code was developed to advise new Drone Users of the basic safety elements and laws surrounding Drone Flying but this is purely informational and not a legal requirement.