Commercial Drones PilotsHull drone pilot’s stark warning after flights over Hull Fair

October 14, 2021by helo-10
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A Hull drone pilot who uses the incredible little machines for professional work has called upon anyone which one of the devices to stick to the council request not to fly over Hull Fair.

Hull City Council issued a warning after a number of drones were spotted flying over Hull Fair on Wednesday night, stating they can be dangerous towards fairgoers and the safety of the rides.

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Dave Street runs his own photography business in the city and uses drones to capture incredible pictures and footage from new angles.

Dave said he was worried that confusion over drone regulations might leave people thinking they can ignore the council’s request and called on all pilots to act responsibly to avoid anyone getting injured.

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Dave said: “The regulation changes in January of last year saw the classification of UAV (drones) adjust where and when people could operate.

“As a result a whole category of devices fell into an area that, on the face of it says you can fly over people, buildings etc within the regulations.

“For most recreational pilots the device they purchase will fall into this category, however, on further investigation of the regulation it becomes clear that where, how and when a flight takes place is not as clear cut as that.

“Even to the point that within communities where pilots have actually undertaken further training and qualification there is still a level of misunderstanding of those regulations.

“The specific request by the council and the fair is, a reasonable one on the ground of safety but, will likely be ‘challenged’ sighting the regulations incorrectly as a way to circumvent the request.”

Dave began his interest in photography as a young kid taking pictures on his phone before he bought a camera and just started shooting pictures.

He said as a young boy he had always wanted to be a pilot and was bought an entry-level drone as a surprise gift which he describes as an off the shelf ‘toy’.

The first flight of that drone was a disaster in the garden but, it was enough to really fire up his interest and four years later he now has his own small business taking commercial shots for business, editing videos for corporate use and has a small fleet of commercial drones.

As the regulations changed at the start of 2020 he went all out to get the legally required license and then went on to get the licenses that ensured he understood the regulations and could demonstrate to ‘customers’ that not only were his shots great but, that they could rely and trust he was doing so in a safe and appropriate way.

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Describing the potential problems over Hull Fair he said: “What then makes the whole thing even more challenging is that under a system known as GEO fencing, the MKM Stadium and area around it are classified as an area of operation that requires authorisation.

“Basically the device will not allow take off or operation without accepting and confirming acceptance of responsibility for the flight. This data is logged and retained in case of a request by authorities should an incident occur.

“Then add into the fact that MKM area is private property, pilots are legally required to ensure they have permission from the land owner for take off and landing and generally most recreational pilots will not have considered this.

“Added even more is that the regulations and law state that a pilot must remain in sight unaided of the device so, it would be impossible to undertake a take off away from the private property and then conduct a safe flight.



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“The very last thing that anyone wants is to find themselves or anyone suffering as a result of a catastrophe mid air that results in a device falling from the sky and causing injury.

“The request is a reasonable one and, whilst recreational pilots might choose to ignore the request, it’s massively important they understand the position they put themselves in legally at best and the potential implications should the worst happen.”

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