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Flying Code

Farming Skyview Flying Code

There are many emerging assumptions and myths about 'drone' photography; much of it questionable and built upon media images of devices used in the military arena. There are legitimate concerns for privacy and flying over 'sensitive' areas. There are emerging rules about the entertainment and amateur use of 'drones' and for those who wish to fly commercially, a license is required from the authorities. Formal and legal regulations vary from country to country but for the private and non-commercial flyers in the UK there are two restrictions to do with distance and height. After that, it is down to individuals to consider privacy, health, safety and to always be sure that they have permission to fly and that they are careful. Respect for others.

Farming Skyview is the first network for flyers to provide a free service to farming and landscape management. We are keen amateurs who want to build a reputation for good behaviour, useful purpose and example experiences for others to follow. Highest ethical standards.

We ask that all flyers in the Farming Skyview network follow these guidelines when flying over other people's land and property. We also ask all flyers to contribute to the code with ideas and further recommendations.

Farming Skyview Code of Conduct

1 Always ask permission where possible from landowners before flying out over their land. Don't assume that because you may take off from common land such as a park or footpath that you will permitted to overfly other people's property from there.

2 Keep to a logical and practical ceiling of 150 metres and keep the 'copter in sight when flying out. Where possible, turn the camera to avoid back gardens etc.

3 When flying over livestock always stay high enough to leave them in peace. If they look up and move, you are too low.

4 When possible, land vertically

5 Make sure to offer a complete viewing of all material captured on camera before post-production and remove any unwanted material on request.

6 Be very aware of overhead cables and radio masts both because of the physical danger but also because of possible radio wave interference.

7 Always arrive on site with all batteries fully charged and with spares if possible. Always have a spare SD card.

8 Act in accordance to the Civil Aviation Orders as they pertain to small unmanned surveillance aircraft ie. copters, drones etc. Articles 166 and 167 can be read here.

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