How Not to Get Arrested Flying Your Drone! – 5 tips – Geeksvana

How Not to Get Arrested Flying Your Drone! – 5 tips – Geeksvana

Hey everyone, welcome to Geeksvana! In today’s video we are watching Sean as he attempts to evade arrest whilst giving you five tips on how not to get arrested flying your drone! With more and more drone regulations coming into force across the globe, we are going to see more interaction with law enforcement! Join Sean for his top five tips! Let us know in the comments if you have any tips to share with the drone community!

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50 Comments

  1. Danny Jones FPV on May 7, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Like the video mate 👍 👌

  2. SCIENCE IS NOT DEAD on May 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    What if a 6 years old is flying his toy 45g drone in the park and is approached by one of those dumbasses? Can he be arrested if his toy drone bugs and flies away at a 1000 feet by itself and is then flown by the wind right above the nearest airport?

  3. LEX HTFD,CT on May 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Just buy a mini 2 and you don’t need registration , and fly safe

  4. PatienceZero on May 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Step one……move the eff out of the EU!

  5. Jorge Franca on May 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I just got a Dji mini 2 and alredy registered as operator but despite I dont need a flyer ID for this kind of drone also I did the test on line for flyer A1/A3 and print it out and place a copy of it in my mini2 bag
    just to be 200% on the side of the law, also I was thinking to print the information where it say where and when you can fly a drone under 250 gr.
    By the way I did my firts fly today but it was a bit windy so I made I few footage with the cam on 4K then stop and wait for another day with better weather coonditions.

  6. roland smith on May 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Great intro pissing myself

  7. Nigel K Thomas on May 7, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Try and keep away from them wherever possible. Like Del Boy once said; “There’s never a copper about when you need one, but they’re always there when you don’t need em!”

  8. Edward Lantzos on May 7, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Hi, great video. Good for the new pilots out there. Is there a map out there that shows you where the safe zones are? 🙏

  9. ChipZilla69 on May 7, 2021 at 2:12 am

    The rules now make it impossible to fly recreationally. It’s a ban on all but name.

  10. Albe A on May 7, 2021 at 2:15 am

    As an ex officer listen to this gent stay in control calmly State your case nothing to hide nothing to fear,all else fails run for it “last part is a joke” 👍

  11. Jonerri juseppi on May 7, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Can officers track your location if the drone is 2 miles away?

  12. Steve on May 7, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Hi Sean I don’t own a drone at the moment but would like my first to be the dji mini 2, where would I have to register the drone, I live in UK. I have seen you on Ken Heron.ps watching this about the police puts people from starting a new hobby.

  13. Chris Kendall on May 7, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Another really useful video . Having not yet been stopped but as I have a Mini2 can’t wait to try to explain that whilst the I have an operators ID that I don’t need a flyer ID even though I have both .

  14. Christian brown on May 7, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Thankyou for keeping us U.S flyers in mind when making these videos as it causes confusion when UK flyers don’t specify what regulations they are talking about.

  15. AJ Simons on May 7, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for this. Legal drone flying brings so much more to photography and creators. Like others here, when we’re actually doing nothing wrong, I agree that some people are hostile to cameras and drones, thinking they know it all and more than the CAA does. ‘Karens’ and ‘Herberts’. Speaking (writing?) as a very ‘senior’ newbie to drones with a first purchase bargain Mavic Mini on the way, your videos are really useful. Apparently I’ll have to do courses and a Flying ID or something, and I’ll get it all done asap before flying. Also apparently, the Mavic Mini may be less restricted than others which might provide a bit more freedom. Even so, it’s probably best to stay far away from humans, built-up areas, and homes.

  16. Mabrouk Ali on May 7, 2021 at 2:18 am

    *I wish I had a policeman coming to me like this instead of a nosey not so friendly woman asking me what I was doing as thought she owns the public park or she was the law herself.*

  17. MrStella1976 on May 7, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Ask the copper at the end where’s his flyer ID 😂

  18. CrashN Burn on May 7, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Drone insurance sounds pretty risky since ur going to crash quite a bit ur rates would be bonkers!😂

  19. Bartek Koch on May 7, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Great video and tips thanks a lot

  20. AddFilmmedia on May 7, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Hey Shawn! Professional, informative and important video! I just subscribed. Flurgens from Lars in Sweden.
    , 🇸🇪❤

  21. Martin Reading on May 7, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Did the police officer have a flyer ID, if not he was in contravention of the drone code, which states that "you must pass the CAA’s official theory test to get a flyer ID before flying a drone or model aircraft covered by the regulations" 😉
    Great video

  22. Bert Hunt on May 7, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for the info again. Can only imagine this will be more than likely.

  23. David Evans on May 7, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Good information. Thanks for this vid.

  24. Stephen Quick on May 7, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Obedient slave.

  25. alan durden on May 7, 2021 at 2:31 am

    forgot to say my mate has just got a hexacopter ,..he is a police sergeant, I go flying with him, will we be arrested?,

  26. Nick B on May 7, 2021 at 2:32 am

    The hobby has all but been killed off by ludicrous and unnecessary legislation instigated by unknowledgeable idiots. Although I have recently renewed my Operator ID (13/04) I have sold my DJI Spark in disgust as there is now nowhere local to me that I can ever fly it legally and I am not mobile. Over the course of the next year I will be selling off the rest of my drones and come April next year I will be telling the CAA where to go. I’m spending the money on my other (far more rewarding) hobby.

  27. Steve Cooke on May 7, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Thanks Sean, useful. I have put together a small folder with my flyer/operator ID’s, drone code and some CAA CAPS (2003-2008/2012). Since passing my A2 CofC, I have also purchased a card from Drone User mag, which is a credit card sized copy of my cert. Stay safe and keep up the great work.

  28. webrosc on May 7, 2021 at 2:36 am

    This video also works as a way to handle the police coming upto you in pretty much any situation, not just drone flying

  29. Steve Mann on May 7, 2021 at 2:36 am

    license your toys.

  30. Ray Hart on May 7, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Its ridiculous the price to be able to fly a drone lagit Another money scam if ask me .

  31. West Yorkshire Walkthrough on May 7, 2021 at 2:38 am

    This is brilliant. Very informative. Can I ask you I’m a hobbiest and want to fly the mavic mini 2 what will I need to do? Also will I need a flyer ID? I find the new rules confusing maybe it’s just me.

  32. matt smith on May 7, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Tip 6) Practice saying, "You’ll never take me alive, copper!"

  33. Chris Chambers on May 7, 2021 at 2:39 am

    the hobby is dead, as the fun is now been taken out of it.

  34. combatwombat71 on May 7, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Years ago, some friends and I used to kite buggy on an out-of-town council owned playing field. We were often visited by a council employee in a van threatening us to leave or he’d call the Police. Knowing we were doing nothing wrong, we asked him to call them. Two officers duly arrived and asked us two questions: 1. Did we pay council tax? Yes. 2. Are we doing any damage? No. That ascertained, the Police said as council tax payers doing no damage or harm to anyone, we were free to carry on. Not before we got a pic of uniformed Police sat in kite buggies 🙂 Unfortunately, the council won in the end by eventually planting random goalposts and trees all over the field to keep us out and make the land useless.

  35. Moon Cat on May 7, 2021 at 2:39 am

    These UK drone laws are getting silly. The government needs to simplify the rules and broadcast them on National TV so that everyone is aware of the rules, especially police officers.
    Top 5 do’s and don’ts would be helpful such as flying over houses because the drone test says that owners don’t own the space above their home, but still we are confronted by householders who believe they do, when in fact British Aerospace does.
    If I’m wrong police let me know because I’m not anxious to have an altercation with the police.

  36. Eflatun Keles on May 7, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Thanks

  37. Luton Van Man on May 7, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Lack of knowledge by the police is obviously a problem. I realise drones are certainly not going to be top of their list of priorities.
    Maybe if they had a drone liaison officer or similar many situations could be avoided.
    Great channel by the way!!!

  38. Craig Dick on May 7, 2021 at 2:47 am

    I am sitting my A2 license, my friend already has his and I fly his smaller drone with my a1 a3 cofc license, I have my pilot ID but I do I need to put my Drone ID on his drone? He already has his own drone ID on all his drones.

  39. Greg Wade on May 7, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Does that copper have flyer ID..?! 😆

  40. Ewan Clack on May 7, 2021 at 2:48 am

    What about if your drone is under 250g

  41. Too young to be old on May 7, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Since this video was posted new laws have already come into operation.

  42. TECHNOLOGY TIPS on May 7, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Bravo Sir, you handled the situation very professionally and in a calm manner. The offers is like " this is pretty good, I should get one of these myself" lol

  43. RobR386 on May 7, 2021 at 2:55 am

    I’ve had the odd dog walker thinking they know the regulations and get it hopeless wrong, mostly my interactions have been positive, I’ve taken to flying a tiny whoop, it’s way more fun doing proximity flying in the forest and staying out of sight, the police would have to find me if they want to talk to me, I doubt they’ll bother for a tiny whoop flying around.
    My wing and Mavic I fly out in the open around scenic areas away from people, interactions are very few and generally good, I usually answer questions regarding what I’m doing and give those who ask a view of what I see when flying, home builds used to get quite a bit of attention along the lines of "wow that’s cool, where can I get one?", these days not quite so much. Its a case of respect works both ways and confrontational exchanges rarely work in your favour especially with police officers who are just trying to ascertain whether an offence is being committed. It’s better to explain and stop a situation from escalating, it also puts the hobby in a good light if you do this.

  44. John Ford on May 7, 2021 at 2:57 am

    What about the most important question of “do you have the owners permission to fly from this land?

  45. Ben Monaghan on May 7, 2021 at 2:58 am

    Great idea for a video. I watch a lot of drone videos (can’t afford one, so I live my ‘hobby’ vicariously) and I haven’t seen this topic before.

  46. Diz Shiz on May 7, 2021 at 2:58 am

    The police are ALWAYS “ Looking for an opportunity to make a point ‘

    Tip number 6 …. ALWAYS film the police 👍🏽

  47. archerman on May 7, 2021 at 2:58 am

    I rather have a policeman coming to me rather than a National Trust FBI agent who happens to own the solar system….

  48. Jsi Dev on May 7, 2021 at 2:59 am

    Thank you, very useful. I think that the best rule it can be "don’t stay in the middle of the field or on the road when flying…"

  49. Matt Faraday on May 7, 2021 at 3:02 am

    Yeah bedford council said i cannot fly "in, above, through" any council land. They think they have authority over the airspace above their land.. Then they published a document saying we could fly in parks with CAA registration, I emailed them, and they responded back that they don’t allow anyone to fly drones in parks. God help us.

  50. The Gooserider on May 7, 2021 at 3:03 am

    The simple fact of the matter is people, don’t buy a drone. Don’t read the rules, don’t waste your money, and don’t waste your time. The CAA change the rules to suit. And the costs of being a commercially competent pilot has soared beyond belief. Stick to greenbowls or crochet. Just make sure no one see’s you do it.

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