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Policy on Drones and multi-rotors

The recent interest inmulti-rotor craft with 3-axis stabilisation and GPS location capability has not gone unnoticed.  Multi-rotor model craft are legitimate model aircraft and can in principle be flown in the UK under the same conditions as ordinary radio-controlled fixed wing and helicopter models.

Beaulieu fliers should be aware of the advice and guidance available.  Please read and understand the impact of:

   The UK  law affecting drones as summarised by the BMFA.

The BMFA has an announcement about the Government Dft plans for legislation in 2018 which you should be aware of.

The UK Government (DFT) has announced a consultation exercise in preparation for legislation in 2019.  ***NEW***

Our concern about drones at Beaulieu

The model flying committee is concerned about the flying of drones at the Beaulieu airfield for the following reasons:

  1. This is a new activity and there is little experience on the management of this activity, so we will proceed cautiously.
  2. The Forestry Commission (on whose land we fly) have expressed a serious concern over the unrestricted use of airborne cameras in an area where public recreation is a main activity.  
  3. Prolonged hovering over or near the flight line will interact with normal  fixed wing aircraft take-off and landing operations.
  4. Programmed path flying could allow drones to be flown outside our licensed flying areas.

The Beaulieu policy on flying drones is as follows:

To fly your drone (multi-rotor) at Beaulieu you must:


The Following activities are NOT permitted:

Thank you for your cooperation.  BMFC chairman, January 2017. Updated January 2018, June 2018