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Rule 9.14 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones

This rule refers to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.

These are defined as aircraft without pilots on board and fall within two categories based on the way they are controlled:

UAVs are flown via a remote control and are limited by the range of the transmitter, this includes all remote controlled aerial devices such as model aeroplanes and helicopters, including devices commonly referred to as drones but operating under remote control. These devices may be electric or petrol powered.

Drones are devices which are programmable and/or automated (using an on board computer system)

All activities involving UAV's must follow the regulations set out by the Civil Aviation Authority.

a.    Scout led use of drones is not permitted and is not insured by The Scout Association.  Members may only take part in activities using automated drones if this activity is operated by an external provider with appropriate aviation insurance cover.
b.    Members may use UAVs which are operated using a remote control.
c.    When operating UAVs, members must ensure that the site chosen for this activity is appropriate, consideration must be made to proximity to airfields and other similar environments as well as overhead power lines, nature reserves and/or private property.
d.    Permission must be granted from the owner of the land and/or property that will be under the planned flightpath of the UAV, especially where images are being captured.

If uncertain about the insurance requirements when operating using UAVs and/or drones please contact Unity (Scout Insurance Services).


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