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Happy Easter! – And concerns about special use airspace

Happy Easter from Airbuzz.One!

Today is Easter Saturday, or ‘Påskeaften’, as we say in Norwegian. I have used my drone a lot this Easter. Perfect weather with blue skies, magical sunsets and awesome landscapes.

The temperature range of almost -20 Celsius degrees at night and around -5 daytime is a bit too cold for the Mavic Pro drone, but it has handled it very well. No problems and no complaints. The air is dry which is crucial for flying on cold days.

Watch a video compilation of drone video clips from this easter in 4K further down the article!

Last post: DJI Mavic Pro Wallpaper! Free download.

My big problem right now is that I might have found out that the remote area I have flown in is restricted… but I don’t know how to find out for sure.

First a little introduction to Norwegian drone rules:

The Norwegian drone rules

The few drone rules we have in Norway are fairly simple and easy to understand. I will write an extensive post on this topic later on.

To keep it short, here are the 5 main rules:

  1. Do not fly more than 120 meters above the ground.
  2. Keep distance from airports: Do not fly closer than 5 km unless otherwise agreed.
  3. You should always be able to see the drone. Never fly near accident sites.
  4. Keep a distance of 150 meters from people, buildings, and traffic. Applies to traffic on roads, on the sea, and in the air. Do not fly over festivals, military areas or sporting events.
  5. Take into account the privacy of others. Remember the rules for using photo and video of other people.

However, there are situations when you doubt that the rules apply or not.

Concerns about illegal flights

I thought the area I have flown in was ok. Far away from people and properties. I know that Rondane National Park (Rondane Nasjonalpark) is forbidden area for drones, but all my pictures are taken outside that area, even if I’m looking towards the park.

The DJI Go 4 app on my phone has an own Geo Zones map section you can check whether they are is safe or not. Airports and other areas are clearly mapped out, but this area stays clear. The problem is when I checked the same area in AirMap, another app. It says that the whole area is Special Use Airspace.

Check the screenshots from the apps at the bottom of this article.

Anyway, below are some of the possible forbidden drone pictures from the last days. All of them is shot with my DJI Mavic Pro photo drone. I have not launched the drone after I found out about the possible restricted zone. This needs further investigation…

Have a great Easter! Comment below if you have any clarifications and comments on the pictures or my concerns.

View towards Rondane National Park

View towards Rondane National Park

Streitkampen

Streitkampen

Snøhetta in the distance.

Snøhetta in the distance.

 

Me from above, camouflaged by rocks.

Me from above, camouflaged by rocks.

Happy Easter from Airbuzz.One!

Happy Easter from Airbuzz.One!

Dog sledding tracks in the forest.

Dog sledding tracks in the forest.

Two cabins in the woods - can you find them?

Two cabins in the woods – can you find them?

Uppigard Streitlien covered in snow.

Uppigard Streitlien covered in snow.

Rondane

Rondane

Winding road

Winding road

Sunset over Streitkampen

Sunset over Streitkampen

4K Drone Footage with music

Screenshots from DJI GO 4 and AirMap

Here are the promised screenshots from the apps. Am I an illegal drone pilot?

I have tried to find out what these codes mean, but I haven’t figured it out. Does it mean it is illegal to fly or is the only meant for warnings? Why doesn’t the general drone rules say anything about this? How can I find out? And what are the consequences of flying here?

Appreciate comments about this below. As I mentioned above, I have stopped flying here for the time being.

UPDATE: After asking this question in a Norwegian drone Facebook group I learned that END572 means it is a military exercise area with airplanes from controlled airspace and up to the FL660. But if I stay at the legal height of drone with a maximum of 120M AGL it is perfectly ok to fly my drone here.

I’m pretty sure there will be stricter and clearer rules in the future. Oslo has, for instance, a new no-fly zone around the center of the city. It is a perfect circular border, and I’m not sure why the zone has this exact diameter, but the kings castle is almost in the center. Cool spots like Vigelandsparken (Frognerparken) is just outside the zone.

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  1. Avareth April 4, 2018
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  2. Pauric Mather April 6, 2018
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