A Drone Flying Two Miles High is Equal Parts Illegal and Beautiful 

By Chris Mills on at

In almost every country worth mentioning, flying a drone to 3,300 metres (just over two miles) is illegal without all sorts of complicated paperwork. But if you don’t give a toss about the law, the footage you can capture from that high up is impressive.

The video was captured using a DJI Phantom 2, which is the last Phantom-series drone to not be altitude-restricted in the software. In the US, responsible law-abiding pilots are supposed to remain below 400 feet (121 metres) above ground level when flying. In the Netherlands, where this video was filmed, the EU-regulated restriction is supposed to be 150 metres (just under 500 feet).

Small drones don’t show up well on radar, so they’re hard to police, so the altitude limitation becomes more technical than physical. 3,300 metres (around 11,000 feet) is still hard to reach; the pilot claimed to have 27 per cent of battery remaining by that point, just enough to descend safely without crashing full-speed into the ground. [PopSci]