Drone over London – condemned by professional drone pilots

Professional drone users have hit out at drone footage of London landmarks.

The pictures were posted online and show popular tourist attractions. But critics claim filming the footage would have broken several rules on using drones in built-up and crowded areas and could have posed a danger to the public.

Emma North reports


  1. PlaxyVoid on March 31, 2021 at 12:41 am

    They now own the air wow there is no freedom left

  2. Steve A on March 31, 2021 at 12:44 am

    I don’t know what the laws are there, but in the US you can fly 400 feet above a building.. So say that a building is 400 feet high, you can fly up to 400 feet above that building as long as you are within a certain proximity to that building or structure. The other things though I completely understand.. Drones can really hurt you or damage property..

  3. Earth+ on March 31, 2021 at 12:45 am

    In Stockholm, it’s allow to fly over/film anywhere. Including, over the royal palace and the parliament. On top of that, Stockholm is way more prettier.

  4. darkuser999 on March 31, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Before considering buying and flying a drone, i never realized that we lived in 2D space, a flat world….that there people controlling the skies above us, a realm that needs to be purchased and authorization…As technology progresses, the world really needs to think about how to regulate this area sufficiently but NOT ridiculously!

  5. Gary Oakley on March 31, 2021 at 12:47 am

    This man commenting, being paid by, the BBC is a dinosaur ! There is a new World coming, technology and all its " toys " will play a major part. The trouble with these people is they want to control everything, with control comes money, and that is the thing they chase. I’d consider the thousands of 400 tons of aircraft flying over inhabited places much more dangerous than a 2lb drone. I wonder if his ilk would have banned aeroplanes had he been allowed his fifteen minutes back then. Get real.

  6. Stefano Tatti Frongia on March 31, 2021 at 12:48 am

    If the battery get low the drone will land automatically. If the problem is the safety of people they can just make mandatory the use of the propeller cage. Nowadays law are a bit softened but why I css ad not use a drone near to a stadium if I don’t fly over the stadium? There is so much nonsense for nothing. If drones are light and little let’s just allow us to use there are no dangerous.

  7. Volare Alto on March 31, 2021 at 12:52 am

    amazing drone footage, well done

  8. Adam Batchelor on March 31, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I’ve seen movies where London has been featured like this. So you need to pay a fee to the CAA and then it’s legal??? All about money. This is a great video by the creator but nobody says that do they… they just say illegal illegal because you haven’t paid the CAA!!!

  9. G on March 31, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Passenger airliners at 300 meters.. I think he’s got bigger problems

  10. sonof hendrix on March 31, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Some of the laws make sense, such as very sensitive locations where by possibly the drone could be used by a terrorist to cause damage. But some of the laws here make no common sense at all, Such as " you can’t fly over a congested area" .. or "you cant fly as high as the shard because its passenger aircraft airspace" … clearly a passenger aircraft is never going to fly that low over the city unless its on final approach to a runway.
    So yea this all just seems very authoritarian and obnoxious.

  11. pablo9364 on March 31, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Beautiful piece of aerial footage. Excellent quality. Very well thought out by the pilot. He is clearly a good photographer.

  12. Angus Pontin on March 31, 2021 at 12:59 am

    keep your hair on grandad

  13. Vladimir Putin on March 31, 2021 at 1:00 am

    All the massive commercial airliners, the police and air ambulance helicopters, private flights, and other aircraft passing overhead London, and if these crashed would do some serious damage. But here a small aircraft and a big fuss about a little drone. Have people got nothing better to do than whine about stuff all of the time, Great footage and a view of London likely never seen before in history.

  14. Csongor Fehér on March 31, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Riding a bicycle is 1000 times more dangerous than this.

  15. Del on March 31, 2021 at 1:02 am

    yeah, but some great footage!

  16. Kevin 1 on March 31, 2021 at 1:02 am

    Shut up boring man, typical BBC shite, paedophiles are dangerous BBC, investigate that. @BBC

  17. dannydaw59 on March 31, 2021 at 1:02 am

    No harm, no foul.

  18. Panny Frost on March 31, 2021 at 1:04 am


  19. iain noonan on March 31, 2021 at 1:05 am

    EYE Drone Sussex LTD condems this type of drone activity, it is dangerous and illeagle for obvious reasons. the CAA rules are clear and there for the protection of people and property.Drones can be dangerous and are subject to radio transmission interference.

  20. Jamie B on March 31, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Airliners don’t fly at 300 metres over the shard lol

  21. Simon Harris on March 31, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Birds don’t care how high they fly …Should we have a word with them …There obviously a hazard

  22. JustusLM on March 31, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Well, it’s not that dangerous… He can easily monitor the batery state and his range is more than 5 kilometres, so the drone dropping out of the sky probably won’t happen unless he hits anything. Also, nothing bad happens as he flies through prohibited airspace.
    However, one has to see that there are laws, and you need to obey them. They are there for a reason, and even if they go a little extreme on safety, breaking the law is always a crime (which should be obvious). I don’t have a problem with a guy taking those shots, just get a permit do fly your drone like that first.

  23. Handsoff on March 31, 2021 at 1:23 am


  24. Parsclick on March 31, 2021 at 1:26 am

    it’s not just drones, anything you want to do in the UK needs a licence, including breathing. Think about this: there is no law about scooters, yet you don’t know if you can ride them or not. Now you need to pass a theory test for flying a drone.

  25. MG Rogue on March 31, 2021 at 1:28 am

    1:38 Did he just say that drone aircraft manufactured by DJI are not tested and are unreliable? He’s a bit of a idiot for saying that as DJI do a whole load of testing on their highly well-made and efficient drones. They are currently one of the best drone manufacturers in the whole world. He should have done a bit of research about the aircraft company before coming out with a uneducated statement like that.

  26. Carlos Doajobmekajob on March 31, 2021 at 1:28 am

    So there’s the problem.. They can’t control what people are doing with drones.. It’s ALL about CONTROL! The powers that be don’t like being unable to CONTROL! You can’t fly here, you can’t fly there! Just until they’re selling licenses for drone operator’s depending on the amount your licence costs will determine where you can fly.. Yes, they could drop out of the sky and hurt someone but since when has the government given a damn about the public? We have religious extremists in our country wanting to kill or maim as many as possible brought on by our masters insistence to drop bombs on brown people because they’re apparently worth less than white people according to our governbent..

  27. Superconductor Chip on March 31, 2021 at 1:29 am

    It’s stupid and very very very silly to fly drones in a built up area you should know better, didn’t your mother teach you better manners, listen to what the man is saying, pay some money to the FAA or CAA, and doing that you can fly any where you like, MONEY MONEY AND MORE MONEY..

  28. Carlos Doajobmekajob on March 31, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Go fly your drones wherever you want.. If a terrorist or freedom fighter wants to know what downing St or buck palace looks like from above I’m pretty sure you could get aerial photos from the Internet or even them things we used to read "Books".. Lots of "intimate" photos of places of interest were photographed after the second world war showing bomb damage and such like but no one was paranoid then became they’d just had 5 n a half years of war and it had ended, time to chill..

  29. Superconductor Chip on March 31, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I bet you most of these people who make these laws drive at more then 70 MPH up the motorways of the U.K.

  30. Alex Irving on March 31, 2021 at 1:33 am

    My man

  31. Acis Mahrje on March 31, 2021 at 1:40 am

    UK government wanting more tax and regulations for licensing !! £££

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