Originally Posted by Thoie
Thanks all. If I see it around again, I'll leave the window ajar and grab it - I presume they're designed to stop the blades spinning if it comes in contact with something, and won't take my arm off?
The privacy issue is the main one. While it is an estate, and technically the neighbours behind me could see me if we both stood at the back windows, in general I don't expect to be seen at the back of the house, and have nets at the front, so I'm not exactly inviting observation there either.
Am I correct in that drones shouldn't be flown over populated areas like this? And that the operator should be in line of sight of the drone at all times?
Use of drones is regulated by The Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order, 2015 (SI 563 of 2015) but this does not apply to drones under 1kg which are flown lower than 15 metres.
Under the order a drone should not be operated
# at a distance of less than 30 metres from a person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the direct control of the operator;
# at a distance of less than 120 metres from an assembly of 12 or more persons not under the direct control of the operator;
# beyond direct unaided visual line of sight and not farther than 300 metres from the point of operation
If the drone is greater than 1kg they would be in breach of the above order.
This article https://www.irishexaminer.com/breaki...rs-895371.html
indicates drones below 1kg can be flown without a permit, provided they remain no more than 15 metres above ground level, and no more than 300 metres from the operator.
Someone who is familiar with flying drones and the regulations governing them might be able to advise the regulations regarding small (less than 1kg) drones.