How Drones Offer Unique Film of the UK’s Tourist Attractions

quadcopter-uk-photographyIf you looking to see the UK from a new perspective then the best quadcopters and drones offer just that. Stunning and professional photography like nothing you have ever seen before.

The Tower of London, home to the British Crown Jewels, was formerly a prison until the mid-twentieth century. And before that, it was a royal residence. This UK tourist attraction is popularly thought to be haunted by ghosts.

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Queen Elizabeth II spends some weekends out of the year at this castle, entertaining people of the state as well as friends and family.

Big Ben Clock Tower is 150 years old and quite a lot of tourists visit it every day. The bell inside weighs 13 tons and was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who first ordered it. Big Ben has become the symbol of both England and London.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric site and one of the great wonders of the world. Because there was no written records at the time of Stonehenge’s creation, we do not know how and why the massive site was constructed.

See drone footage of these wondrous UK tourist attractions and more simply by searching on YouTube. With amateur and professional quadcopter videographers posting on the popular video site, it’s almost like you travelled there yourself, but with amazing perspectives.

Drone Tourism

With the invention of drones, not only will you be able to see these top UK tourist attractions from your couch, you’ll also have the opportunity to view these sites from different and unique vantage points. Travelling can be pricey, and drone tourism is the answer for those that don’t have deep pockets or are physically unable to travel.

Helmut Hlavacs of the University of Vienna invented drone tourism, which allows for the “tourist” to control a drone flying far away over tourist sites. The tourist wears a pair of virtual reality goggles. As he or she moves the head, the drone matches the movement and sends the view back to the tourist.

As of today, there are still some kinks to work out of the Hlavacs technology. Drone tourism has only been tested locally and has not been tested over long distance. Hlavacs noted that too much lag between the drones response to the tourist’s indication has made the tourist nauseous. With the research and design,

UK Drone Laws

Drones are not allowed in central London. Authorities are citing danger to the public as the main reason for the push to keep central London quadcopter-free. Not only can drones malfunction and fall hazardously on people, quadcopter pilots also fly dangerously close to commercial aircrafts.

The UK has specific drone laws. Quadcopter pilots are not allowed to fly their craft within 150 meters of a congested area. Drones are not to fly within 50 meters of a person vessel, vehicle, building, or anything not privately owned by the pilot and within the pilot’s line of sight (500 meters horizontally and 122 meters vertically). Airports, military bases, and other sensitive areas are also quadcopter-free. Drones weighing more than 20kg are not allowed to fly in civilian airspace except for a large zone in western Wales and an area over the Boscombe Down military base.

Pilots who are flying drones weighing less than 20kg and for commercial purposes are required to be licensed, proving that they are adequately trained to fly the craft. They must also have insurance in place.

In April 2014, Robert Knowles was successfully prosecuted for losing control of his drone over a nuclear submarine testing facility in Barrow-in-Furness. He was also cited for flying dangerously close to a road bridge.

Countries have different drone laws. If you are planning on flying your drone internationally, make sure you familiarize yourself with that country’s drone laws.

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