Flying drones safely in the Countryside

In 2015 drones moved from a specialist hobby to something you could buy off the shelf - here's a quick guide to flying one safely.

Love it or hate it, we live in an age of ever-changing technology and we have seen an increase in people using gadgets to explore the outdoors, such as cameras on smartphones, GPS devices over traditional navigation methods, and more recently drones.

Used correctly, drones can offer you the chance to explore the countryside in a unique way. We’ve put together this little guide to help you fly safely and legally, being considerate of others and helping you to avoid any trouble.

  • You must be able to see your drone at all times (usually this is a maximum of 500m horizontally by 400 ft vertically)
  • Stick to flying drones in open spaces and avoid flying drones in urban areas, as it is actually illegal!
  • You should also stay clear of airports and airfields
  • Be considerate of other people around you. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recommend that you avoid flying your unmanned aircraft within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or directly above groups of people at any height
  • When flying a drone with a camera, like the Veho Muvi X-Drone, you are responsible for any photos or or images you might take. For your own protection, make sure you’re familiar with privacy laws. We’d recommend that you safely delete any photos containing people’s faces or private property, unless you have their permission
  • You can use your drone to take cool aerial photography, but if you are planning on selling these images or making money from your drone then you must get permission from the CAA

  • Don’t forget that you’re still in the countryside so should be following the guidance in The Countryside Code

Now that you are equipped with some safety guidelines, you can get outside and enjoy your drone - and see if you can capture that amazing shot!

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