Drone Regulations in the UK

Drone Regulations in the UK

As a drone pilot, you share the sky with other drones and aircraft. It is vital to adhere to local regulations to ensure a harmonious and secure flying environment. Let’s explore the drone regulations in the UK.

Drone Laws in the UK

1.You must register before flying most drones or model aircraft outdoors in the UK.
2.Anyone who will fly must pass a theory test to get a flyer ID.
3.The person or organization that owns or is responsible for the drone or model aircraft must register for an operator ID.
(Most people get both a flyer ID and operator ID at the same time)

General Rules in the UK

250g< A Drone < 20kg, needs Flyer ID and Operator ID
A Drone with a Camera < 250g, needs Operate ID
A Drone >7kg, is subject to additional terms (Ruko drones<1kg)
Stay below 120m (400 feet)
Always keep your drone in sight
Stay well away from Aircraft, Airports, and Airfields

Drone Registry

Registry Overview

Use this service for
1. Take the theory test to get a flyer ID
2. Register for an operator ID if you also own or are responsible for a drone or model aircraft

Age limits
1. You must be at least 18 years old to get an operator ID.
2. You must be at least 13 years old to get a flyer ID by yourself.

You need to apply to CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in advanced in following cases:
Less than 50m (150 feet) away from people and other people's property (such as houses, etc.)
Less than 150 meters (500 feet) away from crowds and urban areas
Flights involving commercial purposes and first-person primary perspective flight (FPV)
The Drone and Model Aircraft Code gives guidance on flying safely and legally.

Where to fly your drone

1.Fly below 120m (400ft)
2.Do not fly closer to people than 50m
3.Never fly over people who are crowded together
4.Keep at least 150m away from residential, recreational, commercial and industrial sites
5.Stay well away from airports, airfields, spaceports and aircraft
6.Follow any flying restrictions and check for hazards, such as restricted airspace, animals and wildlife areas etc.
Read the full guide on where to fly your drone.

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