Can You Fly Your Drone From Your Garden? UK Drone Rules – Geeksvana

Can You Fly Your Drone From Your Garden? UK Drone Rules – Geeksvana

Hey everyone! Welcome to Geeksvana! In today’s video Sean looks at a question raised by many viewers. Can you fly your drone from your back garden under the new UK drone rules? We look beyond a simple yes and no to provide some key advice on regulation as well as sharing Sean’s personal experience of flying from gardens in 2021. Please keep in mind that as mentioned in the video, this focuses on flying drones which are sub 250g as it will be quite a while until we get the new CE class drones to play with! Let us know in the comments if you have already flown from your garden or if you intend to, we really enjoy hearing your experiences!

Useful links:

CAA Skywise: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/
Drone Assist App: https://dronesafe.uk/safety-apps/

Swindon Advertiser Article: https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18989930.conditional-discharge-dad-kicked-drone-confronting-pilot/

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50 Comments

  1. richard stafford on August 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I have bought the mini 2 3 weeks ago but have been unwell for most of the time since so haven’t been out with it much , I have flown it from my back garden about 4 or 5 times with no issues.

  2. Wayne Mahoney on August 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    HI, My neighbor and myself flew our drones from our driveways last summer, only a 5 minute flight going straight up high immediately and used the 4k camera to get a few shots and then landed again. later in the week our local facebook group had a neighbor in the road below saying that there was a drone in her garden spying on her. crazy old woman lying through her teeth with an obvious dislike of drones. Sometimes you do the righ thing and still get problems 🙁

  3. Phillip Barnes on August 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Why can’t you give a direct answer to the question

  4. morpheus One on August 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Iv flown from the garden for ages long before drone laws, most are really OK one guy next doors really interested in them ,, maybe the crack den the other sides not too happy, but I’m not too happy living next to that either,, the girl down the road did say once,, don’t stick me sunbathing on the Internet will ya,, but I think she was more hinting on. Me to go have a look. Lol. Mostly positive, really from everyone, even the crackheads customers,,, I gave a youth across the road a whole fpv setup to join in too after they shew so much interest in them.

  5. ziggy willis on August 2, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    i sold my spark due to new reg and being in lockdown i brought a mavic mini to be able to lift and fly out of here great video

  6. Chris Chucas on August 2, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Brand new follower here. Great content, clear and concise, brilliant.

  7. Alan B on August 2, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Sean – Where you in Malta in 2018?

  8. boywithadolphin on August 2, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    What about a tethered drone at less than 200 feet? Caa regulations allow a tethered balloon or kite up to 200 feet

  9. sweet258 sweet258 on August 2, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    If I wanted to film the front of a commercial property with a Mavic Mini 2 which has a non-busy pavement next too it and aslo a non-busy road next to it, do you think this would be against the regs? Line of sight for pedestrians and traffic would be available if anything/one was to approach the area.

  10. Wayne P on August 2, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Quick question here. If someone asks to see my drone operator ID or flyer ID, am I obliged to provide this? Or am I only required to show this to the police?

  11. Szilard on August 2, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Actually a Mini2 is in the same category as the Air 2 since has a camera on board doesn’t matter it’s weight. Please all check before you take off.

  12. Steve on August 2, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve practiced flying my Mavic 2 zoom in the garden no problem not quit sure if it would be illegal too fly over people house’s

  13. David Fairclough on August 2, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Currently own a Mavic air. With ALL neighbour’s permissions i have flown down the road during VE day celebrations 2020 and also clap for NHS 2020 and posted footage on local Facebook group. No issues whatsoever.

  14. Tappit333 on August 2, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    So, if I was within 5 miles of an airport, I would not be allowed to fly a drone from my garden, even if my drone were to get a foot off the ground, I guess this would cause a lot of problems, I better be safe than sorry just in case it gets in the path of an aircraft at a thousand feet. Most hobbyists are very safety conscious and make sure they don’t cause issues with their enjoyment, silly rules aimed at the easy targets that don’t seem to apply to those who break the rules, oh, that must be my pizza delivery drone, must go.

  15. nitenurse48 on August 2, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Oh dear, wish I had seen this video 3 days ago. I am a new flier & have just bought a Simrex SX11 drone which has a flight weight of 440grm which I have yet to fly. I thought I was doing the correct thing by paying my £9 registering and becoming a operator & flyer. It now seems I will have to break covid rules & drive to my nearest uninhabited beach to take my first flight.

  16. STEVIE DVD inVR,4K,HD,UHD&360 on August 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Helpful content, I bought a mini 2, so this is a big help. Liked and followed👍

  17. Dave Gardner on August 2, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Great Video. Got A Mavic 2 Pro, 2 years ago, which even with the A2 C&C is restricted, so got a DJI Mini 2 so that I can take off from my Garden. Simply fly straight up 30m before moving lateral.

  18. Andrew Kift on August 2, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I live in a council house and have a big garden, can I fly from it or do council rules prohibit it as they are the land owner although I am the resident.

  19. barrie Williams on August 2, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    I often fly my mini 2 from my garden, although I do have fields on 2 sides. Also, great for checking if your gutters need cleaning out 😃

  20. colscopters on August 2, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Hello I use drones not often I go way out into the country side its a little over the 250 g I use it to film my boat how do I stand now and should I just get a smaller drone

  21. Ardent on August 2, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Please Please Please explain to em someone, what is an uninvolved person, what does that specifically mean, so if I am flying for a wedding are the guests unilvolved people or not? can I fly closer than 50m or 150m to them with their permission, as I have a potential client wanting me to do weddings. I cant find this information anywhere.

  22. Rose Barn on August 2, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Hi. I had a 5 minute flight to take a picture of my own house covered in snow. I took off and landed within my own garden. My neighbour began barking at me through the hedge ordering me not to fly over his property. I didn’t go over his land. A week later I received a letter from the police basically saying to be aware of drone code etc. And if I was in breach I could be lots of trouble. I emailed the copper saying he was welcome to view the gps route plotter etc and the images I had taken. I advised him that I had operator and flyer IDs and C2 CofC. He seemed ok with it all and stated he had to contact me following the complaint. My neighbour has since told me he will call the police every time I fly my drone. We don’t get on!! I have a Mavic Pro.

  23. naseer adalat on August 2, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Brilliant video. But the DJi mini 2 is expensive but worth the money. just looking and dreaming as the rest who cannot afford one. Looked at the $120 on ebay but not worth it. Oh well. Any one selling second hand DJI 2!

  24. Ryan Lord on August 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I cant fly from my back or front garden due to Air Traffic but if i cross the road and go in my neighbours garden i can 😂😂

  25. James Newton on August 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I first used my drone over my garden then I got my naibours going mad but now there is adults on moter cross bikes they want me to use my dji mavic minni 2 now to frighten the moterbikers away I have eaven got the ok from a policeman who is a naibour.

  26. Matt Faraday on August 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Used it to check the gutters 😀 (DJI Mini 2) wouldn’t normally take off or land from the garden just because I can’t be bothered with neighbours moaning about it.

  27. theUKtoday on August 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    A bit crazy when our homes are on google earth

  28. Paul Campbell on August 2, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    So… my house is under the local airport CTR. So it’s class D or maybe C airspace. It is not the CTZ, the airport is 10 miles away, just their controlled manoeuvring zone is above me to 2000ft. I believe SUA are permitted to operate with caution within controlled airspace as long as it’s not the airport CTZ restricted zone.
    My thoughts where to go straight up to 200ft, do an orbit or two of my house. If anyone complains I’ll handle it politely and de-escalatory. I will give them my operator ID and tell them if they want they can submit a request in writing for subject access to the footage… for a reasonable admin fee.

  29. Steven Jackson on August 2, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I fly from my garden, luckily the back fence joins a cowfield and lots of open space. I just wanted to pass some info . I crashed my mini in to a pond, totally submerged for a few seconds, pulled it out, walked home 40 mins , used hair dryer then sat on top of rice for 3 days, the thing still works, it’s almost idiot proof lol

  30. Sam Southan on August 2, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Really useful video. Well lit and nice graphics plus presenter has a nice voice and speaks clearly and in plain English. A bit more B Roll would be wicked !

  31. JadMock on August 2, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    If I added a piece of string to my drone would that be deemed a kite therefore rules go out the window 😜. I am gonna follow law btw

  32. DCL on August 2, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Hi all, I was flying my mavic mini 2 over a potential wedding venue last night only for it to be shot at with a shotgun… My understanding is nobody can shoot at a drone regardless of where it is??

  33. Reggie Perrin on August 2, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I fly from my garden, and have had no issues. At 50 metres up, there is no obvious noise, and I don’t think anyone really notices when it reaches this height. We have neighbours on all sides, and I’m sure they have seen it go up, again, no complaints so far.

  34. social 360al on August 2, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I have a Mini 2 and live by the coast. I practiced in a remote location near to the beach to get the hang of things and now use my children’s old trampoline as a takeoff and landing pad from my garden. We have fields at the back of the house which allows VLOS. At 200 feet I can see the whole of our village! I don’t fly low over houses and go straight up and down from my garden. I don’t expect the neighbours will mind my done any more than they do my amateur radio antennas.

  35. Pattaya Bars on August 2, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    3 months ago i purchased a Mavic air 2 its amazing BUT i was not aware of all the drone laws surrounding this and i find it almost impossible to fly it without someone moaning that im flying a drone and its not in sports mode 50m up very quiet im not flying crazy . i live in Essex uk is there anywhere i can fly without getting grief ?

  36. pogiewogie on August 2, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Are the UK drone laws the same as the EU now since 2020 dec

  37. Jonathan Rigley on August 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Excellent video thank you, would it be legal to fly the Mavic Mini 2 – 249g at night whilst keeping VLOS within GDPR and not in a FRZ to get the night shot Photo not video over the village and would there be a minimum height below 400ft?

  38. LondonBuses#Live2020 on August 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I am all new to these drones. Are we allowed to fly them in a park.

  39. John R Longcroft-Neal on August 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    With these New regulations I have started to fly my Mavic mini from my garden in Nuneaton. I took one flight yesterday and was very impressed with the results. I went straight up to about 45 m which was well above the trees and telephone lines and I could still clearly see the drone. What with the ambient traffic noise which wasn’t too obtrusive, the drone was really not noticeable. From this sort of height it’s interesting to note that I can get virtually the same view from Google earth so really neighbors should have nothing to worry about. Nevertheless I wrote a letter of courtesy and dropped it into 20 neighbors houses. Within the first hour I got a phone call back from a lady who very keen to see the aerial views of the neighborhood.

  40. London Below on August 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Cheers for a good summary of the new brilliant rules! I can’t say that I miss the ‘always having to keep an eye on dog walkers etc., when out with the Spark’. In the end I gave up on it since it killed all the joy of flying. The Mini 2 and new rules made it worth picking it up again! 🙂
    You got a new sub, Sir!

  41. john godfrey on August 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    i have flown my mini 2 in my garden and no prob i leave my cam of till i am over the roof tops and turn it of when landing john nottingham

  42. D_JI on August 2, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I have flyer ID and also operator ID, do I need to have the licence category c2 or c3 to fly out in an open space. Thanks

  43. Phil Palmer on August 2, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Its a common sense approach. If you wouldn’t like it, neither would your neighbours. But the airspace isn’t theirs either.

  44. NihatNL on August 2, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    I often take off from my backyard!

  45. Alto Scene on August 2, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Hey Sean! Thanks for your content it’s coming in very handy! I feel like I’ve lucked in with purchasing my first drone, the dji mini 2, the question I have for you is, what is the best insurance policy I can take out to cover the mini? I think the dji care package is fairly expensive for what you get and wondered if there’s better options out there? I’ve heard home and contents insurance may be a good solution? Thanks in advance!

  46. Fatboy S FLSTBS on August 2, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    DO WE REALLY WANT MORE SPIES IN THE SKY. .? FULL STOP:? PEOPLE ARE GETTING REALLY PISSED OFF WITH THESE THINGS SPYING ON THEM, ITS BAD ENOUGH HAVING CCTV ON EVERY STREET CORNER, THERE OK IF CONFINED TO THE COUNTRY OF FOR SEA FISHING.

  47. Stefan Mannion on August 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Hi love the channel really helpful, quick question, can you fly a sub 250g drone out of line of sight ? If not how do you apply for permission?

  48. Steve D on August 2, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I took my maiden mini 2 flight in the garden. I’m lucky to have a decent size garden and was able to fly around it at low altitude to get used to the controls. I popped up to about 6m within the confines of the garden. I have my operators and flyers licence so knew I was doing no wrong. I have since flown again from the garden to photograph a nice sunset and literally climbed straight up to the maximum 120m and maintained position above the garden. So far nobody has commented but I get on with my neighbours and will offer aerial shots of their property if I get any challenges. It’s a great view from up there! This is why I did my homework first and bought the mini 2.

  49. ccmjonny h on August 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I haven’t flown straight from my garden, but from a car park just down the road.
    Only issue I’m getting is a loose of signal after 500meters. DJI mini 2, app and firmware up to date.
    Any idea what might be going wrong please?

  50. Mark White on August 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve been taking advantage of the new laws with my Mini 2. I’ve flown from my garden several times, and the experience has been a positive one. I live in a terrace house.One of my neighbours was quite interested. I take off and get it up as high as I can straight away, and don’t fly low over people’s gardens. At 380ft nobody can really hear it, and it’s quite difficult for them to see. I’m sure UFO sightings will go up now 100%! I just wish it was better in low light. I would really like the Air 2s with that 1’ sensor, but….
    1.No C1 classification stamp
    2.Having to keep 50m away from people and buildings.
    3.Can’t fly from my back garden
    4.More than twice the price
    5.18 months use before becoming a Legacy drone, then it goes from 50m to 150m distance.
    6. Can’t easily charge the batteries on the go.
    7. Bigger and heavier.
    For me it’s a hard sell. I think I’ll wait for a mini 3, hopefully with subject tracking

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