I promise you, I’ve endeavored to pursue all my homework regarding becoming familiar with the requirements and implications of the new drone laws that came into being on the 30th July 2018 but, despite pouring over all the legislation’s small print, (and reading scores of journalistic, blogged and forum related musings), I have yet to recognise an answer to a question I have been pondering these last few weeks.
Hidden in plain sight?
Sure. I understand all the laws relating to my weighty 1280g DJI camera platform but can some of you please comment on or clarify the new law with regards to mini or micro drones in the sub 250g category?
I acknowledge that a sub 250g drone will not need to be registered though, obviously, it would not be allowed to exceed 120m, height-wise; or venture near an airport, prison or power station.
My question(s) relate to less clearly defined situations that I’ve yet to see addressed or commented upon due to the sub 250g part of the legislation being bulldozed or dismissed as an aside less worthy of comment when compared to “real” drone issues being discussed.
So please help me understand …
Does the law state that lightweight , sub 250g,“toy drones” need to maintain a 50m (or 150m), distance from people and property in just the same way a heavier, (soon to need registering), drone has to?
… IF a sub 250g toy drone with a camera DID have to comply with “proximity” laws, would a similar sub 250g toy drone, WITHOUT a camera, have to do so also?
In plain English … (the essence of my question)
“Can a sub 250g “toy” drone be flown in a garden, near buildings and people without requiring the area being under the CONTROL of the drone pilot?”
I don’t need the ‘control’ aspect addressed – unless you, as a contributor, wished to highlight or clarify such an aspect for other readers of this thread.
Aside from my main DJI camera platform, I’ve recently purchased a little Hubsan 502E which, quite impressively, includes a GPS unit, (allowing fixed altitude hover and RTH features), to complement its quite acceptable 720p camera. (I plan to use it as a scout, to help me prep, gain telemetry info or set up later video / photo shots with my DJI platform).
Depending how the law views my little 147g Hubsan drone will depend how and where I can fly it.
Hence the questions outlined above.