Drone Law UK 2021 – Quick Guide from a Barrister and why you should buy the DJI Mavic Mini 2!

Drone laws in the UK have changed dramatically since 31 December 2020, increasing regulation for certain aircraft but relaxing them from others. Here is a broad overview in Part 1 of my Drone Laws videos and why you should buy the DJI Mavic Mini 2 if you want to fly and get great drone footage.

Here is a link to the CAA rules:
https://www.caa.co.uk/consumers/unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/

Affiliate link for the DJI Mavic Mini 2:
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Here is an older, larger drone that I made earlier! Sadly, now under far stricter rules!

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50 Comments

  1. Joe Ortiz on April 23, 2021 at 1:29 am

    My worrisome wife dug this out in an attempt to frighten me out of flying my dji mini under 50 meters over and around our suburban area …. I hope someone can shed a bit more light on this …

    <—–begin—–>

    The Government will be publishing all UK aviation law (including retained EU law) on legislation.gov.uk in due course. In the meantime, the CAA has developed this website to support the industry in understanding its rights and obligations under UK law, now that we have left the European system. The CAA is continuing to work with its supplier to improve the format and structure of the documents.

    Aviation Law from 1 January 2021
    When the UK was a member of the European Union some aviation law was made by the European Union and had direct legal effect, as a European Regulation, in the UK.
    The UK has now fully left the European Union, after the end of the UK/EU Agreement transitional period.
    From 1 January 2021 the UK law that applies to such aviation rights and obligations are the retained EU Regulations, as amended by various UK Statutory Instruments (made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).

    The amendments that apply from 1 January 2021 do not fundamentally change any of those obligations or rights but deal only with the fact that the UK is no longer part of the EU legal system.
    Some EU aviation law was accompanied by Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM), Certification Specifications (CS) or other information published by EASA. The CAA has adopted the version of AMC, GM, CSs and other information in force on 31 December 2020, as its policy with regard to compliance with the relevant UK law from 1 January.
    On these pages we publish

    CAA procured versions of UK aviation law in force from 1 January 2021;
    The AMC, GM, CS and other information applicable to UK registered aircraft, pilots, aircraft engineers, other persons involved in UK aviation and organisations from 1 January 2021.
    UK AltMoC proposed and accepted by CAA prior to 31 December 2020 continues from 1 January 2021 to be means by which the requirements in the applicable EU Retained legislation, now UK law, can be met. This AltMoC is published in CAP 1721.

    Note (1): in due course official HMG publications of UK aviation law will be published, with no charge or fee to access, on legislation.gov.uk. Until those are available the CAA has published CAA procured versions. Please note these are not official HMG Stationery Office versions.

    Note (2): Stakeholders should no longer refer to EU or EASA websites for a description of their rights and obligations under Aviation law (including AMC, GM, CS and other information) as this may be out of date from 1 January 2021 because of the possibility of divergence, i.e. either the UK position has changed or because the EU or EASA position has changed. EU legal systems.

    <—–end—–>

  2. Walter McPhee on April 23, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Do I have a right of privacy, not to be filmed from a drone?

  3. CHRISSO FPV on April 23, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Next our Government should categorize,and tackle "risk" more seriously,more honestly,……knives,guns, dangerous dogs,and drunken driving.
    Ah!.. too hard for them to do?.unpopular vote wise?
    Much easier to falsely accuse(Gatwick) vilify and "monetize"model flying.(drones..all model aircraft are drones by law)
    When will the great British public wake up to what’s truly dangerous or risk to their personal safety????😉😂

  4. Chris Chambers on April 23, 2021 at 1:32 am

    I see this as a nice ideal but how many people will do the tests and get the ID. when they are flying they drones, also when someone call the police the person – by then would have walk off or not be around when someone is looking for them. Plus I can see this killing the hobby.

  5. harrier331 on April 23, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Great video, I have a question that is off topic but I would appreciate some clarification and if you wanted it could make for a good video.

    My question is this: How is a reverse burden of proof justified?

    In particular I was researching firearms law a couple of years back just to jen myself up and came across the section surrounding posession, I can’t remember the exact wording off the top of my head but from what I remember it said that in essence there is a reverse burden of proof when it comes to "posessing" an unlicenced firearm. From what I can tell, "posession" can be classed as a firearm simply being on your property with no concession as to whether you knew that it was there, if that is the case then it seems insane to me that you would be the one liable to prove that it wasn’t yours.

    IE: if someone threw an illegal firearm over your fence you would be the one liable to prove that it wasn’t yours. How is it possible to defend yourself in a case like that?

  6. David Chamberlain on April 23, 2021 at 1:36 am

    You mention that there is no distinction between recreational & commercial use of drones now. But the CAA require you to have public liability insurance for commercial operations. So if you are making money from your drone footage or photographs even with a mavic mini you wouldn’t you need insurance?

  7. Paul Houghton on April 23, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Are there any laws regarding people interfering with a drone or pilot whilst flying . Particularly regrading anti drones who make it impossible to continue flying or land safely putting people at risk .

  8. Modest Adventurers on April 23, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Thank you for taking the time to make these videos.

  9. William Ferguson on April 23, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I know there is the occasional loon who will fly over airfields or I’m sure the odd pervert who would be tempted to look into people’s windows, but have there been many incidents of drones falling from the air as I believe that they return to base when the charge is getting low.
    I sometimes feel legislation is more about simply making legislation than safety or concern for the public.

  10. Steden Videos on April 23, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Maybe ARTICLE 16 AUTHORISATION needs a mention? Applies to recognised club flying and is now about the only way to (legally) fly all but the smallest RC planes unless you happen to own a nice big field.

    (And all very little to do with safety. A hobby with an exceptional safety record is getting nailed down thanks to lobbying from commercial interests who want a regulated lower airspace. Money shouts.)

  11. Michael Andersen on April 23, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Crazy rules. Like to see the courts handing of cases with no 100% proof. No one can tell the distance from 200mt away. What’s next, laser measuring devices. Meanwhile, while I writing this, people killed on the roads is of no concern to the authorities.

  12. zigzagsox on April 23, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Not too bad you nearly got it all correct. As of the 28th of January there are no age restrictions for the Open and Specific categories.

  13. TheVinn3h on April 23, 2021 at 1:41 am

    I have a question then, you say that land owners have control of airspace immediately above the land. We race drones (with a FPV camera no GPS) on private land and we (sometimes solo) rarely get above the height of a house doing what we do. Does that exempt us from any of the legislation or do we still have to be 100% compliant?

  14. Beniad rebo on April 23, 2021 at 1:42 am

    What els uk makes rolls

  15. GBPaddling on April 23, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Spot the Ghost @5min 20secs…

  16. Exploring with Ceej::Paranormal Unlimited on April 23, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Gdpr only applies to companies. So you will never be subject to subject access requests or data protection as a private individual. Also, anything you can see from publically accessable land can be filmed. Only if you enter the grounds or airspace of a protected or (off-limits) area would you be breaking rules such as an airport or army base etc. filming through windows would be a bad idea as this would break privacy laws.

  17. J JHW on April 23, 2021 at 1:45 am

    The new rules are NOT risk based as NO risk assessments have been made, they were created by bureaucrats in Brussels without the knowledge or involvement with the industry, and this is provable beyond a reasonable doubt. Please do not spread disinformation that there is any evidence behind these laws. Also it is important to note that autonomous drones are illegal to fly in open space, so anyone who has a drone with a follow capability is breaking the law if they fly it outside. It should also be noted that this is an example of the continuing HMG Misconduct in Public Office as we have left the EU and they are still implementing EU law without the consent of the people, much like bad King John did in his time, and we know how that ended last time.

  18. reubyn mcnaught on April 23, 2021 at 1:49 am

    I’ve never followed the law and I’m not going to start today haha

  19. Ian Robinson on April 23, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Do you know if legacy drones will become illegal to fly after the transition date? Eg. Will a 2019 Mavic 2 Pro become illegal but a 2021 Mavic 2 Pro not be illegal?

  20. Adam Khan on April 23, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Can I fly a mavic pro drone in Luton

  21. webrosc on April 23, 2021 at 1:51 am

    In regards to the no flying over beaches and parks for A3 its not as simple as no you can’t, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwSvf5A2QI gives a clearer answer

  22. drybiscuit on April 23, 2021 at 1:51 am

    You forgot a very important (and legal) point.
    Although currently no certified UAV’s exist, sub 250g aircraft are allowed to remain and be operated within A1 category in perpetuity once the transitional period has expired.
    This makes the Mini and Mini2 currently the most ‘future proof’ UAV for the UK, not requiring A2CofC or GVC ‘Bolt Ons’

  23. Philip George on April 23, 2021 at 1:53 am

    LOL So the UK CAA adops the EASA rules just as we leave The EU and EASA…

  24. Mark Oz on April 23, 2021 at 1:55 am

    02:02 Buildings can alter the height above 400ft you can fly!! As long as you have permission from the building owner I believe, something like an additional 15ft or meters is allowed.

  25. Eric Watt on April 23, 2021 at 1:59 am

    You need 75 percent to get a pass the A2cofc the same i have passed them both this past two year its not a hobby for me now its rules’
    , paperwork,checks.PLI Insurance,and this only for starters .

  26. Sarvesh Saxena on April 23, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Hi, Thank you for this video. I have just formed a Law Society by students aspiring to be Barristers. Would love to have you as a guest speaker online so that you can share your insights on a topic in Commercial law. Would you be open to this ? If yes, please let me know how I can reach you . Thank you , Sarvesh

  27. Anthony G on April 23, 2021 at 2:03 am

    3:48 that is a long time for just 40 questions : )

  28. BlackBeltBarrister on April 23, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Thank you all so much for the support recently!
    Please do check out my Patreon and Channel memberships:
    https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=47029666

  29. yellow yo on April 23, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I don’t know if i should buy the dji mini 2 or the dji mavic air 2 because of the regs what are the differences in terms of the laws?

  30. Grumpy Biker on April 23, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I think you have made an assumption that most people make that do not have direct experience of this subject. Everyone thinks of multi rotor drones perches as ready to fly models, most models affected by the laws are in fact home built fixed wing aircraft I.E model aeroplane, and it serially restricts children from building and owning model aircraft. such a same

  31. Sam S Lo on April 23, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Also how can a man or women be imprisoned if there is no victim the tittle of this vid STATES LAW none of this is law it is known as contract law or the legal system not law

  32. derek blake on April 23, 2021 at 2:10 am

    So if you need an ID then the shops should advise this to everyone

  33. Carl Scrivens on April 23, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Where in law does it say you have to register a drone ? or have a drone i.d. ?

  34. Carl Scrivens on April 23, 2021 at 2:11 am

    You talking about rules not law.

  35. nigel west on April 23, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Very clear explanation, Thanks

  36. Richard Bosson on April 23, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I’m English but live in Thailand.
    I plan to return to the west Midlands for a short holiday with my young daughter.
    I wish to fly my Mavic Mini while there.
    How and where do I apply for the owners and operators licenses?
    I’d like to have these before my trip home.

  37. john's shed on April 23, 2021 at 2:13 am

    It seems to be like everything else in UK law . It only will effect the law abiding adults trying to enjoy there hobby, where as the idiots and criminals will just carry on as normal .

  38. William the butchers son productions on April 23, 2021 at 2:13 am

    if a drone is hovering and recording looking into your property are you within your right to ‘remove’ the drone from your property (throwing objects etc…)

  39. Paul Eko on April 23, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Nice place you got mate. Exactly how many Persians / Albanians do you share it with?

  40. Usman Majid on April 23, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for the clear and concise video. These new restrictive laws are such a pest, and basically render all good drones (Mavic Pro series, Mavic Air 2, Inspire… and so on) that SO many people have purchased completely useless in some of these scenarios.

    The Mini 2 is cool but it’s missing key features that many pro shooters like me require (log colour profiles are an example).

    You almost can’t fly anywhere that’s actually interesting, makes you wonder the point in having a drone for the purposes of filmmaking in the first place! 🤦🏽‍♂️

  41. J J on April 23, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Great concise video.. Thank you..👏👏

  42. ivan schafeldt on April 23, 2021 at 2:15 am

    whats the difference between a ‘legal owner’ and a ‘lawful owner’??
    right now, ‘legal’ appears to be the great enemy

  43. Just in time on April 23, 2021 at 2:16 am

    It’s my religion to fly me drone on sunny days. Stops me from turning to a life of crime. Lawyer needed.

  44. D J on April 23, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Thanks. I think your channel will grow well with this quality of content and the format. – straight to the point with actual reference documents and sources. Well done

  45. Beniad rebo on April 23, 2021 at 2:16 am

    When going to be making rolls for walking 🚶‍♀️

  46. Carl Scrivens on April 23, 2021 at 2:16 am

    No one owns fresh air. Anywhere that is a public place you can video or take photos whether on the ground or up in the air.

  47. Dildeep Singh on April 23, 2021 at 2:18 am

    60 questions

  48. Paul Westwood on April 23, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Do the new rules apply to radio remote controlled models? There was a category of radio controlled model called a park flyer. These were light battery powered models. Some models were gliders that were not powered flight. How are these models effected by the rules?

  49. Lee Mason on April 23, 2021 at 2:22 am

    So do these rules apply to remote control helicopters and planes,only they have been around far longer than"drones" and there is no difference really except cameras and engines,just wondering.

  50. D M on April 23, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Also, drone owners, please note: If you fly around my house and land, I will assume you’re a burglar checking out my security, and I will take my 12 bore and blow your drone out of the sky.

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