I'm trying to figure out how balanced are drone flying regulations (say, in the EU) when compared against the range most small modern drones offer right out of the box.
From what I can tell a drone operator must keep a line-of-sight to their drone when flying the A1 category. Except... even my old Mavic Mini 1 (which is now 3 years old) can easily fly 500m before any signal interference is observed (admittedly only in favourable conditions). Newer DJI models have switched the Wifi connection for a radio connection to expand the range even further. To keep a drone as small as a Mini in view at those 500m (and up to 120m above ground) or beyond would require quite the pair of binoculars and a very steady hand.
This made me think, and I can't seem to find a straight answer. It seems that regulations are not really in-line with the current-day drone market, requiring expensive licenses if one were to make full use of their drone in a fully legal manner (i.e. something that allows BVLOS flight). Is that really the case? Or is this more of a case where everyone acknowledges the regulations but keeps flying "their way" anyway? Or is this much like with the speedometer range in a modern-day car - the maximum speeds are mostly inaccessible (unless one lives in Germany or wants to break the law)?