New UK drone laws – Press Coverage

The press have been covering new UK drone laws over the last couple of days. Here’s a quick run down of what you need to know:

  • Fines of upto £1,000 if you fail to register your drone (if it weighs more than 250g)

New drone rules which are now law:

  • Drones must fly below an altitude of 400ft
  • Drones must not fly within 1 km of any airport’s boundaries
  • Drones weighing over 250g will need to be formally registered with the CAA
  • Drone pilots must be able to present their registration documents if requested to do so by the police.
  • Drone pilots will be required to take a drone safety test before they’re allowed to fly
  • Drone users will be told to use apps to plan their flights, to make sure that they are not entering unsafe or no-fly zones

Recreational drone users must:

  • Always keep the drone within sight
  • Keep 500 ft away from crowds and/or built up areas, if your drone is equipped with a camera
  • Stay 150 ft away from people and buildings, if your drone is equipped with a camera
  • Avoid flying over or 150 ft near to open areas with more than 1,000 people present
  • Adhere to local council’s rules about drone flights in the area

This is all detailed in the Drone Code which can be found here: http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/

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