Urban Drone Photography Norwich
Urban 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.
St Annes Quarter Norwich
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.