Drone Policy

With an increase in popularity of the use of drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to film or photograph events taking place at Dundas Castle, we need to ensure that the Castle, grounds, wildlife and guests are protected and kept safe. Furthermore, as Dundas is within close proximity to Edinburgh Airport, legislation requires that the operator of the UAV must gain the correct permission from Air Traffic Control or Edinburgh Airport prior to every take off.

GUIDANCE FOR DRONE USAGE

The use of UAVs or drones is not permitted on or over the Dundas Castle buildings or Estate without prior written approval. On approval to fly, then the following conditions will apply.

CONDITIONS FOR APPROVED DRONE USAGE

All operators must hold the following:

• A current and valid CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) ‘Permission for Commercial Operations’ (PFCO) licence.

• A copy of valid Public Liability Insurance cover with a minimum of £5million cover.

• A method statement outlining what equipment will be used.

• A site specific risk assessment for the proposed flight, including take-off and landing points, a flight plan which must be strictly in accordance with CAA legislation and regulations in particular:

  1. The operator must have a clear line of sight of the drone at all times
  2. The drone must not be flown within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing or within 30 metres of any person except for the operator of the drone.
  3. The drone must not be flown within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the operator
  4. Drones cannot be used to drop or remove any items on site

REQUESTING PERMISSION TO FLY A DRONE AT DUNDAS CASTLE

Drone usage will only be granted to professional photographers and videographers engaged to film during an event taking place at Dundas Castle. Requests to fly must be directed to the Operations Manager or Event Planner for the event.

Contact Information:Louise Andrew, General Manager, louise@dundascastle.co.uk, 0131 319 2039