Can You Fly your Drone from Beaches & Recreational Areas? CAA Guidance

Can You Fly your Drone from Beaches & Recreational Areas? CAA Guidance

#DJI #DroneRulesUK The new EASA rules list Beaches and Parks as examples of congested
recreational areas where you cannot fly. But it’s not straight forward
and there are times when you can fly your drone from the beach or in a
park, even if you do not have any additional permissions like the A2
CofC or Article 16.
So with some additional clarification from the CAA that confirms when
you can and can’t fly from these areas.

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  1. ziggyjinx on July 15, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Best drone information channel I’ve come across…. keep up the great content and thank you

  2. Mark Stepney on July 15, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    HI. Do you have any videos on rules surrounding FPV flight? Thanks

  3. marcel-nine-one-one on July 16, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I would not interpret the CAA response to your email as saying you are allowed to fly on beaches. It does not say that. All it says is a beach is an example of where crowds are likely. A park is also an example. A park is a recreational space. Recreational spaces are to be kept away from. According to your interpretation, you can fly in a park if there are no crowds. But that would be the same as for a sub 250g drone.

  4. Alistair Barclay on July 16, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Hmm, what about Two’s company, three’s a crowd.?

  5. medrian on July 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Thanks Ian, I have recently purchased a drone and have found your channel a huge help both with flying and the rules and regulations involved with flying a drone.

  6. Peter Horner on July 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Really appreciate these videos Ian but i still find the interpretation of the regulations uncomfortable. The response from the CAA basically says you can’t fly in a recreational area where theres ‘likely’ to be a crowd. It doesn’t state you can fly in these spaces as long as there isn’t one. I just have this ill feeling of flying at the local park on a Sunday morning when the park is empty and having an enforcement officer charging me on account that whilst it’s there’s no crowd right now it’s likely there could be one later after I’ve departed so I am therefore flying illegally.

    I’m not suggesting they could charge me for when I’m not actually flying but I fear the rule is open to be interpreted that you cant fly on this empty park because its likely it will be crowded at some point. You can only fly somewhere where a crowd is never likely to be expected.

    I hope that make sense

  7. Kenny Vandango on July 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Good ideas to have update info on videos like this so long as they are kept up to date. Do you delete old info videos like this when they become obsolete so we have no chance of picking up on outdated rules and regulations? Kind regards.

  8. Barry on July 16, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I have a question, what about flying over places that would usually be considered crowed, but during the lockdown are closed and within a reasonable distance to be allowed to walk to as part of my daily exercise? (think football stadiums etc). I will add the location I am considering is in the red London ctr zone according to the drone assist, with an advisory to only fly within the limits for drone use, but does not exclude flying there. Thoughts? (mavic mini in case it makes a difference)

  9. John Quigley on July 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Great piece of clarification thanks Ian – much appreciated – I still have a red flag in my head though – the regulations stipulate: ‘No flights within 150m horizontally of residential, commercial, industrial or
    recreational areas….’ so presumably there’s a bit of a grey area – although you communication refers to people/crowds etc the regs seem to have a ‘get out clause’ generalising with the operating area and not people – or have I missed something?

  10. Franky 14 on July 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Very Useful – thanks

  11. Mark Bishop on July 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Always good solid info thanks Ian 🙏

  12. Lammy B on July 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Ian, but what about if you fly with drone under 250g? Could you give some clarification on this please

  13. Fun with Models on July 16, 2021 at 12:10 am

    This landscape is amazing.!!!

  14. john godfrey on July 16, 2021 at 12:13 am

    very good ian john

  15. William Bell on July 16, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Hello Ian , First can I say how much I enjoy your videos . My question is , can I fly the dji mini in the lake district . I live in Cumbria so Im not far off places like Ullswater and other lakes . Best regards Bill . P.S. , I did read about someone being fined for flying a drone in the National park as they call it now . I wonder what that was all about as I only glanced the head line .

  16. piequals3.14 on July 16, 2021 at 12:17 am

    During the week there i viewed a live channel of the snow storm in NYC anyway there was a guy with his mini 2 in union Square Park hoovering his drone about 8 feet off the ground flying over crowds of people back and forth, there’s just going to be an explosion of dumb idiots owning these drones that will inevitably change the future of owning and operating them

  17. Mark Barnes on July 16, 2021 at 12:18 am

    In Australia we call this the ‘Populous’ Rule – “An area is a populous area in relation to the operation of an unmanned aircraft or rocket if the area has a sufficient density of population for some aspect of the operation, or some event that might happen during the operation (in particular, a fault in, or failure of, the aircraft or rocket) to pose an unreasonable risk to the life, safety or property of somebody who is in the area but is not connected with the operation”.

  18. Siraj Patel on July 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Thank you for informative videos on Drone mate well done and keep up the good work

  19. JC FLYING on July 16, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Really great information Ian. thank you. I’m a subscriber and catch all of your videos and learn something each time. Keep up the good work mate

  20. Len Stenner on July 16, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Thanks Ian, useful video. One thing I would bring to everyone’s attention following your statement that most beaches belong to Crown Estate is that, while this may be factually correct, Crown Estate only owns around 55% of the coastline and much of what they do own is inaccessible. There is a large number of beaches that are owned by local councils etc. I would strongly advise that everyone check the Crown Estate coastal map before flying from beaches. It would be most unwise to assume that you can fly from a beach.

  21. Airtech Images on July 16, 2021 at 12:24 am

    excellent video thanks Ian, very clear, look forward to more 👍🏻

  22. Tony Collins on July 16, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Thank you, really well explained 👍

  23. john garner on July 16, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Hi Ian I admire your clear and concise down to earth videos. I have watched many of your videos, both recently and from upto 3 years ago. I have a question. I have been flying many drones over the last 2 years and i consider a flight of 2 – 3.5 miles the norm. I hold a CAA operater and flyer id and was considering the A2 CofC course. The problem is that virtually every flight i have would be considered illegal due to the VLOS rules which lets be honest here even when your drone is 300 mtrs away, if you glance down at your screen and look up again you just can’t see your drone. Ok the question is this: Do i gain the A2 CofC or just not bother, my main drones are the Mavic pro and X8 SE 2020.

  24. Pops choice on July 16, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Always interested in helpful facts
    Ian where do we stand here please

  25. Life is too short on July 16, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for the update 👍

  26. Chris P on July 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Like the sun dispersing the clouds, you are slowly making a very grey area a whole lot clearer, cheers bud, keep it up 👍

  27. Gary Butcher on July 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Cheers Ian, great to have some clear and concise information. Fantastic channel by the way

  28. Charlie Spencer on July 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Ian! I live in the UK 🙂 did my first ever flyer id today and i got 36/40 did not revise just from watching your videos purely for fun helped me pass!!! Thank you keep making great content 🙂

  29. Reaper Nine nine on July 16, 2021 at 12:31 am


  30. waddac2 on July 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Brilliant video Ian on clarification of theses flights. I bet many drone pilots were were so scared to fly under restrictions. Thanks again buddy.

  31. Arpettaz on July 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Very helpful as always. I noted the reference to the Crown Estate and flying from beaches. Yes, the land between mean high water and low water marks are owned by the Crown and you can fly there, but the amount of beach around the UK owned by the Crown Estate is quite limited according to their website

  32. mark fisher on July 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Great vids pal.I think if you look into the rules too deep nobody would buy a drone.Basically read the rules and keep everyone safe .Cheers Ian

  33. Ian in London on July 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Finally some clear guidance on beaches and recreational areas if you’re not flying under A2 CofC or Article 16 Permissions.
    Hopefully this will help you on deciding where to fly. Cheers, Ian

  34. Marcin Michalak on July 16, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Why do they do these new rules now? Authorities can barely check up on if people are forced to self-isolate. This is the worst time to bring new rules out. I say it’s a free for all till the next year and to fly as you did as there is no chance of getting into trouble. It bullshit and it will take at lest 5 years until there will be some kind of warden

  35. Paul Houghton on July 16, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Are any drones classified yet can’t see mention of it on DJI website . If an in classified drone will be restricted would it be better waiting

  36. Illuminationsfromtheattic on July 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Sounds like CAA rules are just as vague and confusing as FAA rules here in the states! Love the coastal footage with the castle there at the end.

  37. Fly High Ireland UK on July 16, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for clearing this up we have lots of small beaches wouldn’t matter if it was the hottest day in the summer still no one be about it so that’s where I plan to head next

  38. Harvey M Photography on July 16, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Cheers Ian, clear and informative as usual, keep up the good work👏🏻

  39. Food Lover on July 16, 2021 at 12:44 am

    What about the mini 2? Its under 250 grams. Will that be fine?

  40. Armando Ferreira on July 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Buy a Mini and fly in A1 subcategory. Problem solved……….LOL
    Cheers mate.

  41. Depp on July 16, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Good video, thanks. I was just about to ask: Is that Duntulm Castle in the intro? but you cleared it up in the outro anyway.

  42. Mark Stepney on July 16, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Thank you. Great video.

  43. manvsmap on July 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Thank god for that! I’m about to clock up the 4 required flight hours for the CoFC with Coptrz and literally everywhere is considered a recreational area outside of private land, commercial, industrial etc in the UK. Was thinking I’d have to drive up to the Shetland Islands to fly! Thanks for clarifying.

  44. Marcin Michalak on July 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Who can escape a falling drone unless someone pompously flies into you? The chance of getting hit by a drone is the same as lighting

  45. PLM RO on July 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I love short and concise videos! Thanks!

  46. Bionic Rusty on July 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

    You’re doing us a real service here. Thank you.
    However, will they reword this now as it clearly says “used for” therefore any police officer who is called and reads the rules then he or she would be well within their rights to arrest you?
    I mean it’s clear, right? “Used for”
    I live on a beautiful piece of the North Wales coast and love to fly with my beloved Spark but it’s permanently grounded now even though I got my flier id as soon as it was launched and have renewed it.
    The CAA have pretty much got what they wanted now in my eyes. The sales of hobby drones will fall off a cliff now and only the professional fliers will remain.
    This isn’t good for anyone because , as I see it, the cost of the pro gear will sky rocket as the hobby sales die off.
    Thank you for posting 🙏

  47. Travels with Rosie on July 16, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Thanks @Ian in London, Rosie doent plan on putting on any weight over 250g 🙂 but its great to know.

  48. Guy Pool on July 16, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Ian I think you give me the clearest information I think possible; it is very easy to understand. I have a Mavic Mini, and your videos have helped me decide not to bother upgrading to anything bigger. I have been very impressed by the quality of its output. I just wish it could fly in stronger winds and have better stability with the signal transmission.

  49. David Ellis on July 16, 2021 at 12:54 am

    What about flying high along the sea wall of Blackpool’s golden mile some days it’s deserted, I know you can’t fly over the pleasure beach which is a know fly zone . Ps didn’t you lose a Mavic once.

  50. Daniel Ridley on July 16, 2021 at 12:55 am

    So if recreational, industrial etc areas are only mentioned as examples of areas that are likely to be congested, does this mean that we can fly anywhere where’s there’s no large crowds (assuming no bye laws etc) so long as we are 50m away from people? Presumably it means we can fly in uncrowded docks, sports facilities, schools, business parks or anywhere else, provided that are not crowded

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