Do you know where you CAN & CAN'T fly your DRONE?

Every drone flyer in the UK needs to know where its safe to fly, and more than Ever where its not. With Changes in the Air Navigation order hitting us on 30th of July 2018, this will help you keep informed. & stay on the right side of the Law.
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  1. Mike01Hu on September 1, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Great update Dylan! Just a little anecdote:
    I decided to do some clifftop flying at Charmouth and, with his approval, joined a guy hang gliding from the same spot. After a half hour of flying around and obviously avoiding being near the hang glider a guy came panting up the cliff path to tell me that i was breaking a town council bylaw saying no drones can fly here. He had come over a 1/4 mile from his car park attendants hut and 100m up the cliff to tell me, even though I was nowhere near any people other than the hang glider and staying close. Of course, he did not go and talk to the hang glider pilot! But, rules are rules, so I packed up and departed. I was flying a Spark that is invisible from his station, so I wondered how he saw it and what dispensation did the other pilot have? Perving bathing beauties on the beaches is not my scene, I leave that to the long-lens brigade who get away with it by saying they are bird watching😎! That’s life!!!

  2. Hannah Wootton 22 on September 1, 2020 at 10:44 am


  3. Deltamike on September 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

    If you are going to carry out any flights you can register the area you will be operating at with dates, times, (And the RAF will want the grid reference) who will issue a NOTAM to relevant agencies. To find your grid reference see :-

  4. Russ Mcgarry on September 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Great info again pal.

  5. brian forward on September 1, 2020 at 10:57 am


  6. Stuart Guest on September 1, 2020 at 10:57 am


  7. Armi Ingratta on September 1, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Great video! I’m looking to get my first dji drone but live in SW London and it seems like you can’t fly a drone anywhere!!! Do you know where I can fly the drone in london? No point dropping £1000 if I can’t ever fly it

  8. Chunter GB on September 1, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Bagsie last😁

  9. Niles Timm on September 1, 2020 at 10:58 am

    did you see the video of the guy or gal that was flying his parrot drone close to the big airplane… (just in case you missed it)

  10. Superconductor Chip on September 1, 2020 at 10:58 am

    As long as you’ve got Data out and about, you said it 2:18 thanks Dylan great videos.

  11. robert ramsey on September 1, 2020 at 11:00 am


  12. Andy Foskett on September 1, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Can I take off from my garden? Go straight up to 400ft and fly around? I had a grumpy neighbour shouting at me.

  13. 8DC Photography on September 1, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Great video and useful tips…. here’s another one. great for notifications for NOTAMs up to 1 week ahead and a whole host more information. You can set email alerts for specific areas AND what sets it apart for the CAAs own is the Map… visual reference to the restricted areas, as well as notes and contacts for the NOTAMs. A lot more info…..

  14. peter hughes on September 1, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Morning Dylan, thanks for the info. Great idea from the RAF…shame other organisations can’t do the same. I guess, in an ideal world, it would be fantastic to have one centralised number (better still if it’s a freephone number) that we can ring and inform any interested parties of our intention or wish to fly in a specific area. At the same time we could be advised of any routine flights in the area from utility companies or flying schools, military low level fights (such as those in Cumbria).
    This simple, free, two way exchange of info would be appreciated by all responsible pilots. Whilst I appreciate a lot of this info is out there, it’s fragmented and not necessarily easy to find. Couple that with the wish to simply go out and have a quick fly around rather than spend time checking NOTAMS etc.
    . I know you commercial operators must do that but realistically…..? One simple free phone call could go a long way to alleviating a lot of potential conflict in the sky.
    Sorry, that’s my two pennies worth, ramble over! As always take care and catch you later. Peter.

  15. warrior 67 on September 1, 2020 at 11:02 am
  16. didactylos4 diddy4 on September 1, 2020 at 11:05 am

    At least the 400ft limit is _finally definitive_. A maximum of 400ft above the ground nearest to the UAV. I still doubt that it can be accurately maintained throughout any flight even with the best equipment now available which means that sensible law abiding remote pilots will have to fly with a suitable margin of safety below the maximum.
    However given the LoS limitations that should not present too much of a problem…..
    I foresee, on rc planes especially, a plethora of "aids" to make the craft more visible at distance (I know some people are already testing strobes and reflectors for that purpose) and no doubt some of the major quad/drone manufacturers will be investing in "terrain following" tech research. More gadgets =more profit
    TBH I won’t be buying into any of this or experimenting at all.
    I rarely go high enough to make it worth while, even over the lumpy terrain we have locally.
    I suspect that enforcement will only kick in if people do foolish things and/or get caught doing foolish things

  17. Phantom and the Drone on September 1, 2020 at 11:08 am

    That’s a fantastic follow up to your #mail video, and it’s great to see the RAF taking a positive step in safety for all of us. It will be a new challenge to fly within the new 400 foot limit, especially when following the terrain of a hill or valley. Maybe DJI can come up with an update to help maintain that limit, using GPS and the sensors of the drone?? Can’t wait to get back to Blighty and check these new apps and tools out, but I was very impressed to see the DJI no fly technology worked perfectly in France! And so glad I had the osmo+ with me. Thanks Dylan and looking forward to the next video!😎

  18. Bene C on September 1, 2020 at 11:09 am

    We have a great government app that picks up off your phone giving the flying area colors and why it’s restricted which is great and also is uo dated as well thanks for your post stay safe

  19. paulkazjack on September 1, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Thing is ALOT of helicopters fly below 400 feet round my way! It seems they’re allowed to break the 400 ft rule!

  20. G S on September 1, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Very soon (if not already) you will need a lawyer to bloody interpret for you the drone law. They are successfully killing this hobby and only commercial pilots like yourself will be able to fly. Is not fair but this is the way we are surely go now.

  21. AEROdrone on September 1, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Here’s looking to DJI for a serious software upgrade to make this 400ft rule easily do-able. I can see a lot of people coming unstuck on this one

  22. Enwin's Motors on September 1, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Fantastic and very helpful. Thanks

  23. RetsetVX on September 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Excellent video. I thought I was on top of it all but I didn’t know that Skywise was available as a handy app (now unsubscribed from the annoying email version!) or that I could look at geo zones direct in Go4, although I do use Airmap and NATS Drone Assist iOS apps for similar purposes. Indeed the RAF number is invaluable: Somewher I often film is occasionally hit by low (and I mean under 250 AGL) Hercs and they pretty well appear ‘out of nowhere’. I do not believe I could get my Mavic Pro away in time so it’s better to let them know first.

  24. AJ on September 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Why do they make you sign up to the CAA/Nats apps?

  25. Darren Harley on September 1, 2020 at 11:18 am

    How things are getting with this country you won’t be able to do anything with out more and more stricter rules and so much red tape. So annoyed how things have got. Practically cant fly any where if you follow all the rules. Wish the government would just give me the full purchase price I paid for my drones as I am really finding it hard to find some where to fly.

  26. Ikopta on September 1, 2020 at 11:19 am

    4th 🤷‍♂️what do I win.. & how does Hannah get 1st ???

  27. IM35461 on September 1, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Yesterday the 14th at 13:25 a spitfire flew along seaford beach close to where I booked on the nats app a flight at 14:00. It was very low I guess under 200ft failed to get a photo but I think it belongs to this company can you fly a plane at any height over water or should it have shown up in the nats app?

  28. nate pate on September 1, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Hey D, nice vid. I’m in U.S. question! If I am in a geofence and I only want to fly say ten ft. To look at say a roof of a building is there any way to decode that fence? For instance I had a option on the DJI go 4 app where it was going to send me a code via text was that what I was truly seeing and if so how does that work or what could I do safely! NP Naples Fl

  29. Art Last on September 1, 2020 at 11:27 am

    im confused , planes fly over people?

  30. Bunker Buster on September 1, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I cant fly right now President Trump in New Jersey 5 miles from my home No Fly Zone only thing in the air is a C130 Gun Ship keeps going round and round and round like it never runs out of fuel

  31. gadgetman 404 on September 1, 2020 at 11:33 am

    So you up mountain over 400 you have to lower than top how you know how high you are

  32. Deltamike on September 1, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Good one Dylan. I have copied a link to my subscribed sites. Also, fellow pilots, helicopters have a nasty habit of sneaking up on you sometimes at below 100 feet. Such examples are the electricity, RAF, air ambulances, police and private owners to mention a few. It happens around my patch a LOT. Helicopters can do whatever they want to – where ever – at altitudes from 0 – 3000 feet, so do remember to keep listening

  33. Khalil Ayman on September 1, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the info. I purchased last night my first drone DJI Mavic Air but i feel now i should cancel my order before i received it. As i can’t fly it anywhere especially being living in London.. I was excited to use it to shoot some aerial photography…However it better to not have it rather than end up in serious trouble.

  34. Mark Horton on September 1, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Good info as usual thank you

  35. Alistair Ruane on September 1, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Nice one Dylan. Useful stuff as always.

  36. Steve Carpenter on September 1, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Dylan, thanks for the great updates, great informational video for all of you flying in the UK! Thanks!

  37. Ian in London on September 1, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Thanks Dylan. I find the NATS app is the definitive tool to use, No one can challenge you if you can say "UK Air Traffic Control allows me to fly here", remembering land owners can only prohibit you taking off and controlling your drone, but can’t stop you flying over them from adjacent to their land…. Cheers, Ian in London

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