Flying your Drone over Roads, Buildings & People? | Mr MPW

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the channel – in this video, we take a look at if and when you can fly your drone over built-up areas such as houses, roads, railways and Congested Areas… Safely and legally!

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28 Comments

  1. Kim - Discovering History on September 9, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Very well explained. Great and easy to digest. I particularly liked the comparison to driving your car seniario. I also like the idea about the parachute system as this not only lessens the risk of hurting someone seriously but also lessens the risk of your drone breaking into a thousand pieces. Superb video. Now where can I get one of those parachutes 🙄👍👍👍👍👍

  2. Simon Logan Photography on September 9, 2020 at 10:55 am

    This is exactly what I asked you about at the photography show in Brum. I think the CAA have dropped a clanger here. There should be no grey areas at all when it comes to safety.

  3. NicholasEJones on September 9, 2020 at 10:56 am

    So well put, absolutely spot on taking common sense 👌👌

  4. Cranners79 on September 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    But doesn’t Cap722 state that you can’t fly directly over people or vehicles within a congested area at ‘any’ height?
    Also, if a road is empty, flying over it is fine as there is no risk to 3rd parties…

  5. JAG 32165 on September 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Nice info matt cleared a few things up

  6. mrbg55 on September 9, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Very helpful video – thanks. Can you recommend a parachute system for a phantom 4 pro? Thanks!

  7. Edward Robson on September 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I’m really enjoying these relatively short but focused videos. Keep them coming!

  8. Gwyn Jones on September 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I am registered pilot took my test of my drone labelled up et cetera et cetera.
    My flight is a hobbyist.maybe get the odd reasonable photograph or short video.
    Question. So you’re telling me that I can’t fly over a building so if I was to be taking a picture of a tree lake or just a view and there is an old very old building en route can I fly over at low-level or high-level or do I need permission from the owner?
    Keep up the videos they are great Mr MPW

  9. Alexey Alekseev on September 9, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Interesting… just got me thinking – 50 meters, not “50 meters laterally”, so that means one might be 50 meters above 999 people and if the aircraft engine quits – it will just fall vertically. Am I missing something ?

  10. Media Borne on September 9, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Great work guys! Paving the way to making things a lot more clear, dare I say where the CAA has failed at doing!

  11. Davidson A Davidson on September 9, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Any air civil, commercial, MoD accident, the finger is pointed at pilot error first, then defects etc. Since the ‘set up’ (it really does sound like a set up) looks the same from the CAA for us, is there the equivalent of BALPA for UAV pilots with a dedicated legal team? Regretfully, regardless of how careful we are, the more UAV’s there are, it’s a matter of time before there’s a serious incident and when the brown smelly stuff hits the prop, who do we turn to?

  12. Dragons Eye Filming on September 9, 2020 at 11:19 am

    SO many try to flaunt this for self gain, kidding people that a 3.5kg drone with regular checks is sufficient 😒
    Too many ignore article 241 so glad you covered it well.

  13. Wolf Rock Media on September 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Great video and completely agree! Keep up the good work! Just one comment though…less waving of the arms – very distracting 😉 But apart from that, nice job!

  14. Midi Photography on September 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Great video Matt. Possibly the single most contentious item relating to drone flights. I know people that overfly and people that don’t. With a risk assessment I’ve occasionally overflown adjacent empty buildings before but never people, occupied areas or busy roads etc.

  15. Matt Knight on September 9, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I’m glad someone has said this. I follow this guide too, it’s just not worth flying over roads, buildings & people not under my control.

    Turned down a few jobs because of this.

  16. Flypic on September 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Very good Matt. Wave your arms as much as you like ! It looks as though you’re ordering more cakes. . . . . Jim

  17. New View Lancashire on September 9, 2020 at 11:28 am

    So I’m guessing your insurance won’t pay out if you overfly and injure someone, but would they pay out if a small drone fell from the sky with a parachute system installed?

  18. Tom Sykes on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I did your course. So you CAN overfly urban areas now then as long as you maintain a 50m bubble?

  19. OVA Drone on September 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Great content, as a recent PfCO trainee, it’s good to hear the actual common sense applied to the regs…. TY 👍

  20. Vistaworx on September 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Nicely explained.

  21. Matthew Jones Commercial Photography on September 9, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the clarity on this issue. These videos are incredibly helpful.

  22. Jonny Beadling on September 9, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Fantasic videos, as someone starting out In the drone services industry this is a big help ! Keep them coming 🙂

  23. clear air PHOTOGRAPHY on September 9, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Many thanks Matt – Great video! It makes things a lot clearer. Another vote for arm waving!

  24. Crooked Oak on September 9, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Another great particularly useful video Matt! By the way I love the arm waving – shows passion!

  25. John DAKIN on September 9, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Excellent video as always. I think your explanation of the rules ‘n regs is as clear and near as anyone is going to get to “opening up the can of worms” It is a mine-field, and it probably comes down to “If in doubt – don’t “. I think I personally would get a second opinion from somebody with more experience than myself to assist or correct my reasoning – if that makes sense ? When operating as a PPL and flying fixed wing stuff, I always operated well in the side of safety, and my drone flying is exactly the same . I’m probably over cautious – who knows ?

  26. Jamie Rhodes on September 9, 2020 at 11:51 am

    If I have my pfco but I am over flying on a non professional job ie. Recreationally am I aloud within the 150m range?

  27. Al James on September 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Hi Matt, Just listening to this tutorial again one thing came to mind. Love that we can overfly, legally, whilst taking into full account with risk assessments when making decision to overfly baring in mind if something goes wrong. Its liberating to know we can make this decision and my tip would be to do any overly on a full battery, rather than one at 43% based on the temperamental nature of Lipos. Getting back to my main point I wanted to make. So I’ve made the decision to overfly at say 60m, doing a wide sweep of a residential estate to get that quick money shot. The problem I think will be encountered more will be the general public seeing more drones doing this now (potentially). The chap two blocks away sees a drone and calls the police, or local news. What these people don’t realise is that we are not breaking the rules and before we know it, it becomes a wider issue. Is there a standard process you’d recommend following where we can be proactive and contact the police in advance to get a flight pre-registered. So that if a call comes in the police can say they know we are onsite? I have heard of some doing this but wondered if there is a documented process of contacting police in this way? Maybe a future video from Mr MPW on proactive approach to safety? 😀 . Great work as always. Al

  28. Edward Robson on September 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Point taken about Art 241. If, for a task, I need to cross from one side of the road to another (to get a different angle on a photo or video shoot for example) and in my risk assessment I state that any over-flight of a road is at 90 degrees to minimise ‘exposure’ (ie not hovering over or flying along the road, directly overhead) I have kept the risk to "as low as reasonably possible".

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