Are drones allowed to fly over private property?

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If you're a large landowner or estate manager and ever wondered who has the right to fly drones over your property, here's what you need to know: 

  • Flight Restrictions: Generally, only airspace managers like airports or aerodromes have the authority to restrict drone flights over their land by designating it as a Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ). 

  • Regulatory Compliance: Drone operators must follow the regulations of the country they're flying in. In the UK, for example, most drone operators need to fly within visual line of sight (VLOS). This means they must be able to see their drone while flying it.  There are some commercial drone operations with CAA Operational Authorisation that allow extended visual line of site (eVLOS) operations requiring a person/s along the flight path to maintain a visual connection.  See our graphic below:

BVLOS, VLOS and EVLOS diagram

  • Landowner Influence: Large landowners, real estate managers and conservation areas also possess some influence over where drones can fly over their property. By creating designated take-off and landing sites within their boundaries, they can help guide drone operators to stay within specific areas while flying, protecting other areas from potential disruption or harm. Understanding these regulations empowers landowners and estate managers to make informed decisions about drone activity over their land. 

Understanding these regulations can clarify who has the right to fly over your land and help you to make informed decisions about drone activity in your area. 


Find out how GuardianUTM Approval Services can help you influence drone operations over your estate. 


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