Just seen this on the local news (ITV Meridian South (UK))


Seems like it wasn't handled particularly well at the time, surely common sense would allow the pilot to land before getting all aggro.

The pilot claims to have CAA permission, although I can understand why there were complaints given the situation and what he was trying to record.

I wonder if he really was within the rules. Seems even with claimed permissions and training, it can still get controversial.

There is a chap near to me that is getting a lot of coverage, I think he is amerture, but still flaunting FPV guidlines flying around town.

Lets not let 2015 be the year of the idiot that ruins our hobby, not saying the people I mention are or aren't idiots, but It does seem to be becoming more common that these appear in the UK news.

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Comment by EngineerX on December 31, 2014 at 3:15pm

Luckily he's in a country where they sort of politely asked him to stop flying.... in some countries/ police-states he would've been tazed, batoned, even shot! Sometimes perhaps it's best to just obey the long arm of the law, even when you're within your rights

Land to fly another day...... 

Comment by Phill Scott on December 31, 2014 at 4:12pm

I hope the CAA take a look in to this on order to find out whether he was operating within the rules and in the correct manner.

Comment by Jonathan Hair on December 31, 2014 at 4:25pm
In anycase, if the authorities motivation was air safety, grabbing the transmitter like that is the most dangerous thing that could have happened.

Shame on them.
Comment by Phill Scott on December 31, 2014 at 6:04pm

Rather than shame, I think there is a need for a bit of education on the part of the police (like they don't have enough information to absorb) so that the general concept is understood.  The officers aren't going to stand watching someone mess about.  It takes what? a minute to land a 'copter? 

Regardless of whether the 'copter was being operated correctly or not, a valid request from a police officer should be complied with immediately.  That is the safest course of action.  The video shows an officer issuing a final request.  It's interesting that the video starts at this point and not at the point of the police officers first request and the operators responses.  It seems that there were two other people with the operator - were they not able to land the aircraft after the operator was detained.

This just adds to my opinion that the human level of interaction with UAVs needs to be massively simplified for those engaged in work around people and buildings.

Oh and also - filming a fatal incident for journalism.  This isn't what I want to see UAVs used for.

Some may think I'm being a bit harsh, but, coming from a family with a heavy police background, I know that there's soo little resource to go around that it's really important that it's used in the most effective way.  This situation could have played out differently (as could hundreds every day).

Comment by Rana on December 31, 2014 at 6:27pm

The way, the cops are over-powering the drone journalist, it may surely crash causing loss of life and property of others and only police copes will be responsible in actual.

Comment by benbojangles on December 31, 2014 at 9:02pm

I can't help but feel this was staged with co-operation with the police. This is the way the UK does things to change legislation unfortunately. Might be wrong though :/

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on December 31, 2014 at 11:14pm

Listening to the recording this was clearly not the first request then had made for him to stop flying.

The rest is dead simple. If the police tells you to do something you do it, no matter if your think it is right or wrong. And then if need be make your case in court AFTER the fact.

Comment by Monroe King on December 31, 2014 at 11:46pm

Also this bods bad for people that have authorization. It could handy-cap an already touchy situation.

Indeed you should land immediately if asked by any official and then discuss the situation with them directly. Have your paperwork in hand to show them and let them figure it out. If they denied you flight after that then take it to a higher authority.

If anyone at all complains LAND and present them with your authorization and do your best to keep the peace.

 I live in Texas and I can OPEN carry my 1851 Colt 44 black powder replica pistol legally. But if it scares someone it would be wise to put it away. I'd never flaunt it about and I can safely wear it to the feed store and such and certainly around the ranch. But would I walk down a city street with it hell no that would be asking for trouble. It would be legal as long as there is no city ordnance or anything against it. But would it cause trouble? Probably.

I'm not saying drones need this level of respect (not yet anyway) but consider that other people MAY be offended by drone use around them.

In public they have the right to be offended by them. The officials have concern for the right's of everyone. If they feel you are out of line then you may be in for some trouble.

You may even be within your rights. But in public anything can be considered a disturbance of the peace.

All I'm saying really is be considerate the needs of the public and people who become involved in your actions and things will go much more smoothly for you and everyone else around you.

Use you head not your emotions in these encounters and everyone will benefit and you might not need to go to jail (and have an arrest record) to make your point.

Remember people get touchy about some things better to take what you have and sort it out later.        

Comment by F1P on January 1, 2015 at 12:21am

There is WAR? Or so?

"Mr Mitchell, though, says he was operating the kit within the rules. He was later released without charge."
and no sorry?

Who IDIOT and WHO make idiotizm like this?

Comment by F1P on January 1, 2015 at 12:25am

"A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace."

– Surrey Police


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