It’s important that you know and understand the local regulations about flying an unnamed aircraft. Remember when you fly a drone, the responsibility is yours. Be safe and be legal. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) prohibits the flying of drones over or within 150m of built-up areas.
Unless CAA permission has been granted the pilot cannot:
- Fly over or within 150m (492 ft) of a congested area
- Fly over or within 150m (492 ft) of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons
- Fly within 50m (164 ft) of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft
- Fly within 50m (164 ft) of any person
Currently, drones of under 20kg can be used within line of sight (LOS) of the operator and with relevant permission of the Civil Aviation Authority.
You are legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight. Take time to understand the rules, failure to comply could lead to a criminal prosecution.
Before each flight check that your unmanned aircraft is not damaged, and that all components are working in accordance with the Supplier’s User Manual.
You must keep the unmanned aircraft within your sight at all times.
You are responsible for avoiding collisions with other people or objects – including aircraft. Do not fly your unmanned aircraft in any way that could endanger people or property
It is illegal to fly your unmanned aircraft over a congested area (streets, towns and cities). Also, stay well clear of airports and airfields
Don’t fly your unmanned aircraft within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure, or overhead groups of people at any height.
Think about what you do with any images you obtain as you may breach privacy laws. Details are available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
If you intend to use an unmanned aircraft for any kind of commercial activity, you must get a ‘Permission’ from the Civil Aviation Authority, or you could face prosecution. For more
updated details, visit www.caa.co.uk/uas.