Drones and You
Aside from what you want to achieve with your drone, there are several other aspects that you need to consider before purchasing one. For instance, as a drone is an airborne device, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has implemented their own rules and regulations with regards to their usage.
Therefore, before you hit the add-to-cart button, read through our summary of the CAA guidelines.
With your drone in hand, it’s so tempting to take it to the park to show off to your friends, family and anyone else in the area. However, in the interest of the people around you, there are several drone no no’s involving people, namely:
- You can’t fly your device as part of a formation or swarm or use it to perform aerobatic displays. So no group loop de loops, just be cool.
- These gadgets are completely prohibited to tow another aircraft. Even if your buddy breaks down in mid-air, let him crash and burn.
- They can’t be flown within a lateral distance of 50m away from another person. In fact, it’s also not allowed to be flown overhead people or groups.
- It’s illegal to utilise public roads for landings or taking off, unless you are doing so for civil defence of law enforcement services. So drone drag races in public are out.
Flying drones as a hobby
If you intend to use your drone as a big boy toy and to fly around in open areas or while on holiday in the mountains, you do not need a license to fly or buy. Having a camera in the sky is possibly the best way to view your surroundings. Drones are the hottest technology right now and everybody and their grand dad want one.
Documentation you’ll need if used for commercial use
Just like you need a car licence to drive, all of these rules is to ensure that you are physically able to operate a drone. That’s why, before you purchase and fly your drone for commercial use there’s some documentation required before you do so, such as:
- A valid class 4 medical certificate proving that you possess beyond visual line of sight.
- A certificate of competence in aeronautical radiotelephony.
- Proof that you can speak English fluently (a level 4 proficiency or higher).
- Along with the correct license, an issued letter of approval that’s valid for 12 months is required.
- A drone flying license.
Taking it for a spin
At mycamera, we don’t let rules and regulations get us down. In fact, there are several other ways in which you can enjoy your drone, whilst staying within the CAA’s stipulated guidelines, such as:
- Film the unreachable - We’ve seen some amazing footage from drones, from aerial recordings of cityscapes to breath-taking shots of volcanoes. As long as it’s 500m away from you and not higher than a structure within 300m of you, it’s cool.
- Wildlife watching - From shooting videos of whales and other sea life in beautiful high definition to simple bird watching, the opportunities are vast with nature. Provided you’re within the legal distance range, obtaining awe-inspiring shots and videos is easy.
- Go the distance – You can now take shots of landscapes that you wouldn’t have been able to access before. Reaching new heights with these gadgets, you can take your landscape photography to the extreme.
Staying in accordance with the rules means that you can still have fun with your machine, without getting into unnecessary trouble. Therefore in order to obtain the drone of your dreams, look no further than mycamera.
Alternatively, if you want to do more research on the regulations surrounding drone usage before making the commitment, click here for a full list.