I am about to buy a 3DR Iris. Eventually I wish to kit it out with
FPV, take still images and record movies with a GoPro or similar
camera. I will most likely begin with duct taping my Canon S90 camera
to keep costs down and it is an excellent camera weighing about the same
as a GoPro.
However I would like to stay on the right side of the law, but I
don’t exactly know what all the legal requirements are and would very
much appreciate help or advice on this.
I see lots of shiny equipment to kit out a FPV quad but I don’t want
to buy the wrong kit and end up with a criminal record or end up in
prison through ignorance of the law.
As far as I have discovered my drone is under 20kgs and does not need
an air worthiness license, provided I don’t even consider think about
commercial use. Its just a hobby and I don’t want to earn money from
My drone will be controlled by a 2.4khz transmitter and I think does
not need a license to buzz around as long as I remain within line of
sight. I think this means within a 500 meter unobstructed radius and no
higher than 121 meters from the ground.
Where it gets confusing, for me, is the FPV and transmitting back
from the drone to a display screen. What legal requirements or licence
do I need to stay on the right side of the law?
As far as I can understand from reading a few websites is that an
Armature Radio license does not meet the requirement and expressly
states that it can not be used to transmit airborne signals.
What equipment can I use to transmit FPV signals from my drone back to me and stay legal?