Latest in Confiscated

Image credit:

Hawk-eyed police seize drone flown over Wimbledon

27 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

If you own a drone and want to take it for a quick test flight, heed our advice: don't fly anywhere near large sporting venues. Police arrested a pilot for filming Premier League football matches in March, and now a drone has been seized for swooping too close to Wimbledon. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was spotted flying over the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday morning and the Metropolitan Police were promptly notified. The pilot was discovered at a nearby golf course and officers ultimately confiscated the trespassing drone -- hardly surprising, given the Grand Slam starts this week.

Under rules set out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), you must have direct, unaided visual contact with your drone at all times. In practical terms, this means it can't be more than 500 metres away from you. If the drone has an onboard camera, you also have to stay more than 50 metres away from people, vehicles and buildings that are outside of your control. We suspect it's this last point where the daring pilot came a cropper. "Anyone intending to fly a drone should give prior consideration to the surrounding landscape and any structures or venues," inspector Roger Robinson said. "While it is not our intention to prevent people from enjoying the use of drones, it is important that regulations are adhered to." UAVs are already banned from London's eight Royal Parks, so we wouldn't be surprised if sporting venues were soon added to the capital's growing no-fly zone.

[Image Credit: Tony Barson/FilmMagic]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
27 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Sling TV's free streaming comes to Android and Amazon devices

Sling TV's free streaming comes to Android and Amazon devices

View
Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

Walmart will take on Amazon with discounted third-party products

View
Hulu brings 4K content to the Xbox One

Hulu brings 4K content to the Xbox One

View
What's on TV this week: 'Watchmen'

What's on TV this week: 'Watchmen'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr