Drone pilots are always getting into trouble for flying where they shouldn’t. And while there are plenty of apps and websites you can use that tell you where No-fly zones are, uncertainty still surrounds plenty of common landmarks and tourist hubs.
CanIFlyMyDrone.com is a simple website that offers exactly what you’d expect. A long list of tourist attractions around the world, along with a big green ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ as you hover the mouse over each one. Iceland’s Blue Lagoon? Yes. The Colosseum in Rome? Absolutely not. Any royal park in London? Afraid not either. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s hopefully the start of a growing database that will prove really useful to pilots. The people in charge are keen that the site is used as a guide only, and recommend you get in touch with the local authorities before flying around any popular tourist sites.
The website, set up by ticketing company AttractionTix, is largely UK-focused at the moment. But international tourist destinations are already beginning to pop up as and when they are suggested by users.
Simon Applebaum, managing director at AttractionTix, commented: “Many hobbyists and attractions across the world have used drones to capture truly stunning imagery and video, but wrongly interpreting the many guidelines and regulations can result in serious safety violations. The large majority of pilots are well intentioned, so we madeto give greater clarity and education around some of the world’s biggest attractions.”
CanIFlyMyDrone is the latest of several community-focused apps/sites for drone pilots. Others with a similar goal include DJI+Discover and Drone Zones. As more pilots get behind the controls, it seems that there is a huge desire to share information, knowledge and experiences.