Flying Drones in the UK. Drone Laws and Proposed New Regulations

Flying Drones in the UK. Drone Laws and Proposed New Regulations

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Flying Drones in the UK. Drone Laws and Proposed New Regulations

in this video I’m going to summarise some of the main points of the UK Government’s 2018 consultation on the use of drones in UK airspace.

Many drone pilots, business owners, and hobby flyers are concerned about the proposals.

Feel free to post any questions or comments below this video and I or someone else will try to respond.

The consultation ran from the 26th July to the 17th September 2018.

It received 5,061 responses and the results were published on 7th January 2019.

The UK Government wanted to ask what people thought about things like age restrictions and whether the 1km flight restriction around protected aerodromes is sufficient.

They also wanted feedback on how drone flying should be policed and what penalties and enforcement notices should be available to the authorities.

They wanted people’s views on the idea of a pre-flight notification system called FINS (Flight Information and Notification System).

And they also wanted to discuss counter drone technologies.

All this was done while keeping in mind the benefits of the drone industry to the UK economy and the potential growth of the industry in the coming years.

The result of all this is a 97 page document entitled “Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK” and published by the Department of Transport.

I recommend you read the document in full so that you absorb it directly, rather than through my interpretation.

All I’ve done in this video is to quote some of the sections that seemed most relevant, but you might have other ideas.

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The document begins with a foreword by Baroness Sugg, the Minister for Aviation, who says, “Drones and unmanned aircraft present both exciting benefits to society, and challenges we must address.”

She briefly mentions the advantages and benefits of UAS but also says, “drones can also be misused, risking safety, security and privacy.”

Chapter 1 includes an executive summary, a definition of a drone (RPAS) and UAS, and further definitions and summaries so that the terminology is clear and understood.

This chapter covers; Benefits of drones, Delivering the Government’s industrial strategy with drones; Summary of existing legislation on drones; Tackling drone misuse and raising awareness of the rules; and Future Regulation.

Chapter 2 discusses the proposal for minimum age requirements.

At the moment there is no minimum age for anyone piloting a drone, although the CAA requires a minimum age of 18 years old for the issue of PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations).

The document makes the distinction between an SUA Operator and the Remote pilot. These distinctions have been formalised in a recent amendment to the ANO (Air Navigation Order).

Continued in the video…


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  1. Khaldoun Kaiss on August 30, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Big mistake is buying a dji M2P drone that comes with a STUPID and never intelligent battery. These batteries gets pregnant after 9 months of purchase (Battery swells) causing the battery to be ejected from the drone during flight, ending in a crash. dji are so devilish by indicating in their policy that batteries are covered for 6 months only, because they know that at 9 month these batteries are giving birth. And the biggest mistake I did was buying the fly more kit and an additional battery to make it 4 batteries in total. All of the batteries now are swelled up. Mind you that I take good care of my stuff, for the batteries, I always discharge them to 40% if I’m not planing to use for more than 10 days, fully charge and discharge on a regular bases and always stored in a cool place between 15 to 25 degrees in a secure sealed hard case by Nanuk.
    Called dji for replacement, they rejected my request although I have bought the care refresh and the Select member which was never used once…!

  2. Superconductor Chip on August 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I thought the Drone craze was over why the government involvement, sounds to me like big brother , all the homeless people in this country and their worried about is TOYS.

  3. doggone on August 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Is this kind off height footage now illegal ( This mountain is approximately around 2500 feet mark but no plane would ever fly as close to it like this, so there would never be any chance of contact with a drone.

  4. Charles Phillips on August 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I have never heard of any member of the public being hurt from a drone dropping out of the sky, or for that matter, being hurt from being targeted by a drone operator. The government themselves, with their war machines, are the only ones that kill and maim people with drones, a lot of them are innocent people, "collateral damage". It’s just another tax. All the police have to do is arrest then caution anyone breaking the basic rules, and leave us sensible ones that fly well away from anyone else, alone.

  5. Andy Geary on August 30, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Fantastic video, a couple of questions I was hoping you could help me with though.

    1. Seeing as I can fly over private land, what are the privacy laws about filming a private property such as a stately home/church/castle. If I keep my altitude at 50m or above then I will never infringe on the 50m rule and most of these places I want to film are not in built up locations.

    2. Can I pull over on a public road and take off from there and fly over private land that is right next to this public road as long as I land back at my car?

    3. I have noticed severely different no fly zones on the different apps, which one should I use? I will give an example that I would appreciate you checking out. On my uav forecast app there are 20 small airports between leek and rugby, but these are not present on the nats app (only 4) or the airmap app (only 8), can I just ignore these small airports? Is it because the other apps havnt been updated (I noticed the nats app hasn’t been updated since 2017!!)? This is a huge difference and I don’t know which to trust. If the uav forecast app is the one to trust because it has a massive 20 small airports then does this mean that I can’t fly in these? Or do I have to get permission somehow?

    Many apologies for the massive amount of questions but obviously these are pretty huge questions considering people who aren’t using the uav forecast app might by flying in no fly zones, or like myself who uses the uav forecast app I might be missing out on lots of drone opportunities because I am being too cautious about flying in these small airports radius’.

    Again I just want to say thank you for the vids and I eagerly await your responses to my questions.

  6. NavySealUK on August 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Well still no wiser wish someone would say yes you can buy a cheap drone and fly it as long as you keep under 400 feet and in eye sight and 5 mile away from airports or no you can’t you still need to pass a test and buy insurance ect

  7. Will on August 30, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I want to get a drone but looking on a map for flying drones I’m in a massive blue zone on the border about a couple miles from an airport. It says that it’s a controlled airspace, can I fly a drone here ?

  8. Snehansu Samal on August 30, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I’m 16, so will I have to sit the FAA online safety test?

  9. Ray Tillman on August 30, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    When i started there were no manufacturers of Multicopters(i refuse to call them drones), no kits, no ready built flight controllers, only self build, and my first multicopter was a Tricopter(3 props) no flight controller, just giro’s and everybody that saw it loved it, and i spent more time talking to passers by and dog walkers and kids than i actually spent flying it.
    That was 2008/2009 and now its all ruined, now i get threatened and baited and even attacked for what? FLYING A MODEL AIRCRAFT. Its a mad, mad, world we live in today.
    I put the blame fair and squarely on a YouTuber/FPV’er called Trappy who flew long distance FPV over many major cities and monuments all over the world(including London) with absolutely no regard for peoples safety or privacy, it was also an up yours to any Authority that attempted to stop him, all this posted on YouTube it was a demonstration of Anarchy, and he and his exploits were seen as somehow Heroic. It was obvious to me at the time that "THE MAN" would see this as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and that they would find a way to stop it.
    It was WAR!! and they(the Authorities) are experts in the art of war. First they stopped long distance FPV by bringing in REGULATIONS that you had to have a spotter and it had to be line of sight, no more exploring tops of mountains or mysterious jungle valley’s all stopped in one go, and notice this new regulation became world wide almost over night. This was also about the time when the word DRONE first started to be used, mainly by the Yanks, sorry Americans, and then the term was adopted world wide. DRONE is a very immotive word, and brings to mind Pakistani and Afghani wedding parties being blown to bits. No wonder the general publics attitude to our Quads and Tri’s turned to fear. That was when we lost the war, when they managed to turn the general public’s view from a pretty(i put LED’s all over mine) toy model aircraft to a miniature Spy plane that they imagined could see into their bedrooms and even god forbid bring down jet airliner returning from their holidays in Spain or the Greek Islands. Then the nail in the coffin, the debacle that was Gatwick just before Xmas.
    A few observations that i make that were crucial to the destruction of our Hobby which is just a pale shadow of what it used to be. First, These regulations are not just UK wide they are world wide(with small variations). That to me shows that it was a world wide assault on our Hobby with a lot of money and influence being used to bring into effect restrictions on our freedoms. They used psychological techniques against us by getting US to call our multicopters drones and alienating the public against us, we were our own worst enemy. They, the Powers that be, are terrified of the power that we had in our hands because it enabled us to see(and record) things that we are not meant to, as an example Police misuse of power or brutality.
    Anyway I have had enough, i didn’t enjoy the commercialization of our Hobby with firms like DJI selling multicopters that you dont even have to fly anymore, just put in a few co-ordinates and it will fly itself, The pioneering spirit this hobby had, is well and truly gone now, and with so many regulations it makes your head spin, that they are even considering that we have to register a flight plan before we can fly is a step too far. Of course this is so companies like Amazon can profit from the technology that us hobbyists contributed to and made possible. Well they can have it, i for one will not register to follow a Hobby. They have ruined it for me and i am off to search for a new Hobby to replace the one which i enjoyed for 55 yrs.

  10. Billy Rodaway on August 30, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Does anyone know about fpv is that still OK with a spotter.

  11. jordan15308 on August 30, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    subbed cheers for the video

  12. Chilternflyer on August 30, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Chapter 4.. Yeah right. BMFA, LMA SAA and FPV UK were all recognised and were completely ignored by the liars and cheats that put together CAP1775. Model aircraft flown at model clubs are NO threat to a full sized aircraft. Having 100,000 model aircraft pilots names and addresses won’t help the police find a single rogue drone operator. So why are they doing this. Who does it help? CAP 1775 now criminalises flying a model aircraft. Absolutely F’king scandalous!

  13. Mick Willy on August 30, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I say catch me

  14. Apache AH-64 HELL-FIRE on August 30, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Anyone want to buy a hubsan 501s its pointless having drone’s now mine brand new I’ve not even flown it

  15. Ben McKinney on August 30, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    The one that shows air space

  16. Jakub Hrouda on August 30, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Hello, I’m 17 years old and I am planning a trip to UK in June 2019. Can I use my Dji Mavic pro (weight 1,64 lbs) with no any registration or it is necessary to get some license? Just hobby flying, no commercial use.

  17. Ben McKinney on August 30, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    What’s that app called?

  18. noel bispo on August 30, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Good day,
    I am planning to visit U.K. in April and I intend to travel with a DJI Spark, which is a very small and light hobby drone. My intention is to take aerial pictures/videos while visiting open areas, like the Highlands and Northen Islands’ shore/beaches. Is there any restriction, considering that I am flying on hobby proposals only?? How could I have a temporary permission to fly in U.K.?? Considering the drones with less than 250 grams, is there any restrictions apart from the existing safety regulations, or anyone can fly with a 250g-drone?? If I respect the safety regulations, may I fly with the Spark?? Thanks for the video.

  19. Ben Lovegrove on August 30, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    What do you think of the laws, restrictions, and guidelines concerning drone flying?

  20. Graham Dawes on August 30, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Why the 50 metres? that is quite a long way away from any building / person / animal/ structure. 50 foot might be better, bearing in mind that the specified distance is a dome over and around any object etc. and those domes all interact and overlap each other. so 160 foot high and below 400 foot does not give a lot of leeway to actually operate and certainly not to inspect buildings for repairs and damage. people and vehicle come and go within the DANGER ZONE so what happens then? Anyone want to buy my complete DJI set including goggles? I am frightened to use it because of the hate that has been stirred up by the demonisation especially after the debacle at Gatwick which served the end of public opinon against us.

  21. John Clark on August 30, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Good Video , Very Imformative , Many More .

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