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Drones (Small Unmanned Aircrafts)

 

Ochils Paragliding Club

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While flying our paragliders a new threat has emerged - drones have become affordable and popular.

This has the consequences that their owners may not necessarily be
1) familiar with air-laws and
2) their own responsibilities.

Locally we have not - yet - suffered from drone activities, this may not last.

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The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) have welcomed drones but would like all its members (that includes us) to be aware and educate drone owners; so should you encounter a drone and its pilot - politely let them know about our flying activities and find out about their awareness of the DRONECODE.

 

For our part be aware that drones can be flown privately or commercially - the latter requiring CAA permission; each commercial drone operator who has been granted CAA permission will have a CAA document granting the permission and setting out conditions for its use.

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If you have any concerns about drones being used,
either from a safety or privacy perspective;
- contact the police on 101.

 

Always keep your drone in sight

This means you can see and avoid other things while flying

 

Stay below 400ft (120m) above ground

 

Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer's instructions

 

Keep the right distance from people and property

People and properties - 150ft (50m)
Crowds and built up areas - 500ft (150m) and don't overfly

 

You are responsible for each flight

Legal responsibility lies with you
Failure to fly responsibly could result in criminal prosecution

 

Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields *

If your drone endangers the safety of an aircraft
it is a criminal offence and you could go to prison for five years

 

* Note to glider pilots:
- while our take-offs and landing-zones are technically 'airfields'
- we do not use them with sufficient regularity to impose them on drone users;
- so a little leniency is required from our part.

Should a drone operate where you are to land - while still holding our priority -
caution and responsibility should be shared!

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Further information:
- www.dronesafe.uk
- www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/

 

 
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Ochils Paragliding Club

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