Having purchased a DJI Mavic Air recently, I’m becoming aware of the many restrictions being put into place, over all these are a good thing, but as with any hobby, there will always be the few who will not adhere to the law. Common sense does play a big part when flying a drone. I will try and post info here as and when I become aware of them.
As of Jan 2020 you have to have an Operators ID and a Flyers ID before you take to the air with your drone.
Anyone who wants to fly must pass an online theory test on flying safely and legally.
The Operators ID must be displayed on your drone.
Download the latest Drone Code released July 2019
Want to fly over crown estates foreshore and estuaries?
Click Here to view where you can fly – Purple areas are OK
Recreational Drone Use
In simple terms, these regulations state that:
- you are responsible for flying your UAS in a safe manner
- you must keep the UAS in your direct sight at all times while it is flying, so that you can ensure that it does not collide with anything, especially other aircraft
- you must not endanger anyone, or any thing with your UAS, including any articles that you drop from it
- you must not fly more than 400ft above the surface. If flying over hilly/undulating terrain or close to a cliff edge, this may be interpreted as being a requirement to remain within a distance of 400ft from the surface of the earth, as shown in the picture below
- you must not fly within the Flight Restriction Zone of a protected aerodrome
- if your UAS weighs more than 7kg, additional rules apply if you fly in certain types of airspace.
Click here to see the full article
Airfield Restrictions updated 13th March 2019
On 13 March 2019 the drone flight restriction zone around airports and airfields changes. The government has introduced a new rule stating that the 1km restriction from the airfield boundary is replaced by a restriction using the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone, which has a radius of either two or two and a half nautical miles and then five kilometres by one kilometre zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each of the airfield’s runways. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport or, if air traffic control is not operational, from the airport itself.
For more information on this and drone safety visit Drone Safe UK