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Offline chris kettle

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Power Pylons
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:51:33 »
Can anyone tell me if it is legal or illegal to fly over electricity pylons (cables) at a decent height ie clearing them by approx. 100ft or so. I have the NATS drone assist app installed on my phone and it shows the pylons but just says caution .
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Re: Power Pylons
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 12:55:34 »
It probably is legal to fly near electricity pylons as long as you don't get closer than 50 meters although I am not sure if a pylon counts as a building or "property" as such.

Arguing your case of legality with an authoritarian numpty might not be such a great thing to experience. 

I wouldn't be surprised if you kick of a major terrorist incident by trying to film vital strategic infrastructure....  :banghead:

Mental, its not going to hurt the pylon much if you do crash into it. 

I would be more worried about loosing control of your aircraft or loosing video signal, those power lines emit a lot of RF noise and EMF radiation.

If you do crash it and get it stuck in the wires, don't be tempted to poke it out with a carbon fishing pole or a long rope or a bit of wire...please. 

I guess you might be too young to remember what happened to that 70's kid when he got his kite stuck on high tension wires....



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Re: Power Pylons
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 12:57:45 »
Im a little dumbfounded your actually  finding the need to ask such a question?

Forget about the laws and restrictions for a moment and just place in terms of common sense, flying close to power lines at the best of times is pure lunacy in my opinion, as well as the chance of pilot error you have to take into consideration just what level of interference power lines can have with you control frequencies which further increases the chances of a crash.

Then add in the actual average  height of UK pylons being 180ft minimum youll need a fair degree of clearance altitude to be sure to avoid interference which will probably see you knocking on UK height restrictions.

Why do you need to fly over them anyway?
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Re: Power Pylons
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 12:59:40 »
A very good question  ~~
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Re: Power Pylons
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 13:47:53 »
I fly under the power lines with no issues other than a very slight interference with video signal. That said I am trying to stay under about 30ft so not that close. Reason being is that the local field I have permission to fly on has power lines running over the corner.

I wouldn't try and do power loops or anything like that over them and I just stay as far away as possible.

Look at it another way, if you crashed conductive carbon fibre onto hv power lines what damage could be caused? Masses, it would short the hv lines and maybe take out cables or a sub station. Imagine the cost that you could be sued for!!!!!

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Re: Power Pylons
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 14:24:17 »
Hi. thanks for the responses it just that would like to fly over or under some pylons to reach the estuary and wondered what the legalities are. 
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