From the mundane news thread. I thought it better to discuss in a thread on it's own. Drones when flown lawfully in compliance with the Air Navigation Order (ANO) and drone code are not an issue at all, the problem is making Joe Bloggs who has never been involved in model aircraft flying and doesn't have the experience and knowledge that you gain from being a member of a model flying club aware of his responsibilities. Drones are very easy to fly and just about anyone can unpack one from it's box and fly them successfully just be ensuring the battery is properly charged. The BMFA are fully supportive of drone flying when conducted lawfully and also consider that the current regulations are perfectly adequate to deal with those who fly in breach of the ANO, however they do need to be enforced which is where the problem lays. There is a certain amount of hysteria in the press about drones and our main concern is that the press hysteria will lead to more restrictive legislation that may affect the more established and traditional model aircraft flying disciplines which have a long and excellent safety record. There is also the challenge of integrating commercial drone activities, such as drone deliveries in to our airspace and the European Aviation Safety Agency has been working on new Europe wide regulations that they hope will achieve this. Initially it looked like what they were proposing would have a major detrimental effect on model aircraft flying but after a lot of lobbying their recommendations appear to now be trying to ensure model flying can continue pretty much as it has for many years. See the BMFA CEO response to the latest EASA opinion here In essence it's probably primarily a matter of education. Educating those who go and buy a camera equipped drone with no idea of their legal responsibilities but also educate the masses that they aren't being used to spy and perv on people in bedrooms and their gardens, the hobbiest drones simply are not very good for doing that, too noisy and the cameras are better for landscape photography. There isn't really a privacy issue with consumer drones at all, certainly no more than there is with everyone having a camera on their phone.