How to Find More Places to Fly: Towns, Cities, Beaches & Countryside

How to Find More Places to Fly: Towns, Cities, Beaches & Countryside

#NewDroneRules 2021
The new EASA Drone Regulations are now in force in the UK. If you’re asking where can I fly my drone under the new rules, then this video will explain what restrictions and permissions you have under the new rules, including self build and FPV drones. If you’re asking ‘where can I fly my drone’ or ‘can I fly my drone at the beach’ then this will explain where you can fly and how to find more places to fly. I explain how Article 16 under Flying Club membership gives you more rights and how the A2CofC will also help you fly in many more new locations. I also describe the site on how to explore and discover more places to fly in the UK.
There are many tricks and tips you can use to fly in more places under the new rules, so make the most of them and get flying….

** 5% off for UAVHub combined A2CofC + Drone Masterclass bundle:
All Courses:
(use code IANINLONDON for any course)

Alternative Training: I can also recommend UAV8 Ltd, based in the Southeast, who I used for my PfCO. One of the keenest priced training companies in the UK who still conduct training with online tutors via Zoom, with 1-1 tutoring available too for A2CofC & GVCs:

Drone registration:

CAP 2012 1 Page Summary:
CAP 722:

** The excellent Drone Scene app:
This is run by the friendliest UK-based drone forum:

NATS drone-assist app by air-traffic control:

I disable mid-roll adverts on my videos to make things nicer to watch.
For anyone that wants to buy me a beer, my paypal is:

**Thinking of getting the DJI Mini 2, the Mavic Air 2, the Mini or any
other DJI drone or gimbal? Help me & my channel by clicking through
to DJI or Amazon to look at their offers.
Main DJI store:
DJI Mini 2: UK: USA:
DJI Mavic Mini 1: UK: USA:

Sandisk 64Gb Ultra high speed write / read Micro SD:

Useful stuff on my website:
All my gear:
And for USA viewers:

Affiliate links don’t cost you any more but do give my channel a small
commission which helps me buy more stuff to test and review for you.

12 Months 3rd party liability insurance for £19:

Membership & Benefits

Music in today’s video:
A Story Unfolds – Epidemic Sound – Use the link for a free trial:

Happy flying everyone…. Ian


  1. Adapa : it's my name. on July 1, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    People can’t fly their toys anywhere outside the desert, and government psychopaths and their wasps, police and military can go anywhere. Pour them all in warm urine.

  2. steve jarvis on July 1, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    You say this is a hugh improvement talking about the pfco rules, but thats only if you were intending to go for pfco certification in the first place, but £100 for a hobby flyer and £9 registration a year, no thanks, Like it or not for the odd times I go out and fly my drone I’ve now been `forced` by these farcical laws o be illegal!

  3. Darcer's Tech on July 1, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    For me this is an absolute win. Used to fly a Mavic 2 Pro for a company so already had the PfCO training and know how to do the documentation, but it was so much paperwork and cost for nothing.

    Got the Mini 2 as my personal drone and looking forward to getting some nice footage this summer.

  4. Patrick Colclough on July 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you Ian, very clear, professional and well produced. 🙂

  5. David Evans on July 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Great simplistic yet hugely informative video. Nice one and thanks!

  6. Shakira Matthew-Ellis on July 1, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    what happens if i just want to take my mavic mini 2 to the lake district and put the photos on prints to sell? How would this work?

  7. William Bell on July 1, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Hello Ian
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions .Keep the videos coming , you do a great job keeping us all informed . Regards , Bill .

  8. steve jarvis on July 1, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    I`ve just Googled this and up to the end of November 2020, 40, 000 flyer had registered for this new £9 fine, but the article suggested that means there are 50,000 drone flyers who haven’t registered for this new form of taxation! Even when we were flying under The Drone Code, the problem was, someone wanting to buy a drone might do all the research and realise their are certain rules and follow them, but judging by YouTube videos over the last few years there a lot of flyers out there saying "I flew my Mavic xx 5 miles away with no problems" or xx miles up! Then you look at the comments that accompany the video and loads of other people are pushing the boundaries `for the hell of it`, and people like that have probably forced the authorities to bring in these Draconian measures. BUT then there’s the dad who buys his son a drone for Christmas or birthday and says "there you go son, go enjoy yourself" and he goes fly anywhere and everywhere and up until last year didn’t even now about The Drone Code, so what chance now that he will will register for this new tax of £9 followed by the even bigger course tax of £100. As someone said below if the Police cant police the Covid rules what chance will they have of policing these new Draconian measures and will the average bobby on the beat understand the new rules anyway! Thanks Ian for putting up your previous two videos, they were well put together as this one has been. Theres a lot of bad YT instructional videos out there but the 3 that Ive seen of yours are first class, although they have depressed me ever since I viewed the first one. Thanks Ian

  9. Michael Andersen on July 1, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Hope Australia won’t go that far.

  10. Xeriox01 on July 1, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I hope this doesnt come to the states, though I wonder how other countries will change. I want to return to Japan and want to take my drone but who knows.

  11. alanco on July 1, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Do these rules apply to RC planes/helicoptors etc ?

  12. Abdul Muktadir Photography on July 1, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    hi Ian,
    firstly thanks for the great videos it’s been a great source of information.
    Could you help clarify why there is a difference between Drone assist VS DJI Geomap. On DJI map I’m seeing areas I can fly around London but in Drone assist its all showing as red. Is DJI incorrect? I was hoping to get your thoughts.

  13. bocian6666 on July 1, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Great vid

  14. Genie on July 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Quick question, DJI Fly App lists my area as an enhanced warning zone, does this mean I am able to fly my Mini 2 within this area? I keep getting conflicting information online and it’s quite annoying

  15. Les Bennett on July 1, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you Ian !!

  16. Brian Dukes on July 1, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Ian, another great and informative video. If you don’t mind I have a couple of questions, as a VERY new Mavic Mini 2 owner.
    Q: Given that in England we are still under lockdown restrictions, is it acceptable to be out and about with a drone? My personal thought on this is sadly NO, unless flying/recording video is part of your job, or the drone is needed for your job. As anything else is as a hobbyist, and it’s therefore recreational – and we’re still only supposed to be outside for ‘Exercise’ or essential shopping. But would welcome your thoughts on this.

    Q: Mavic Mini 2, without a C rating, it’s under 249g, and therefore no flying restrictions?

    Q: Flying from garden (continuation of my lockdown question I guess), I’d be allowed to do that, and I guess under lockdown restrictions it’s about the only flying I can do .. so long as I keep VLOS, and I don’t make a nuisance out of myself and my neighbours. I live on the South coast, and actually if you get 80M up, you can actually see the IoW, so there is a lot of scenery to be seen from height, without peering down at the urban sprawl.

  17. DIZZYDJC on July 1, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    You’ve convinced me to get the Mavic Mini 2 over the Mavic Air 2 after seeing this. I know I could do the course but I think just having the Mini straight out the box with many freedoms on where I can take it has sold it for me. I just hope the video/picture quality on it is just as good!

  18. David Lodge on July 1, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Just a quick question please Ian what certificates do I need to fly my evo pro 2 just for pleasure over countryside beaches places like that

  19. Carl Barrow on July 1, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    thank you for this video its very helpful for a newbe flyer "DJI mini"

  20. DS on the Gs motorbike touring on July 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Hi I got pulled up from Yorkshire Water today for flying over the reservoir. I took off from public land he said I couldn’t flyover the reservoir unless I’ve got permission. I’ve got the dji mini and the drone assist app said it was good to fly
    Can you advise me if I’m correct or he was thanks Ian
    Regards David

  21. Tomato on July 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    The new rules are way too restrictive. It has basically ruined drone flying in the UK

  22. Mallers on July 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Been a keen amateur photographer (mainly local history/documentary) for the last 45 years………………and started using a drone 8 years ago. I don’t have a licence and won’t be getting one anytime soon. I just see it as a money/power grab and another way to influence control over people. Cyclists crash into people and do harm. Yet don’t have to have insurance or pass a test to be able to ride a bicycle (pretty much) anywhere. So I will be continuing to fly and take my pictures/videos where I choose (in built up areas and out in the countryside). I have never had an accident/incident (when out and about) with my drone. Have/will never fly close to any airport or military establishment. I don’t see why the majority of responsible decent drone flyers. Should be persecuted because of the few irresponsible idiots. Who have flown their drones near to airports/aircraft. I started off with a P4P (until some scrote stole it) and now fly a Mavic P2 and will continue to do so.

    One last point……………is you were a ‘terrorist’ type. Who was hell bent on disrupting flights in and out of (say) Gatwick. You’d certainly not have ensured that you had all the legal paperwork in place to fly. So the very people the authorities are trying to protect against. Aren’t even touched by the legislation…….Which kind of just goes to prove that it is all about generating income and exercising control over people. As in reality it will not stop ANY psycho who wishes disrupt/close down an airport.

  23. Pony Moore on July 1, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Very well explain Ian. Thank you, next port of call – UAVHUB 🙂

  24. Ian Duignan on July 1, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Can a sub250g drone fly over a railway line? or is this still against the law? (there is one near to my house, I don’t want to get into trouble for getting too close) Network rail page has the example of someone being charged for this but this predates the rule changes.

  25. ITSJUSTASH on July 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Is DJI AIr 2S class as a legacy drone?

  26. Geordies Abroadies on July 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Hi, I’m relatively new to flying drones and your videos have been a great help to understand all the rules and regs. That said any advice to help with nerves while flying. What I mean is I sometimes feel anxious while I’m flying that something is gonna go wrong like a fly away or just drop out of the sky. Its more when I’m flying high or far away (but within the rules). Hope this makes sense and maybe it will get better the I fly. Also I’m flying a DJI spark if that’s any help. TIA

  27. Quackhouse Productions on July 1, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve been battering my head all night, watched all your videos on this subject, read all the BMFA literature and the CAA stuff, I think you’re (and others) incorrect stating you’re not allowed within 50m horizontally. Non of the CAA or BMFA literature say that. It’s only the built up areas etc that are mentioned. Regards uninvolved people it states 50m “separation” which in my mind is a bubble round the object. Else why would it add horizontally to the built up areas section. The BMFA also says you’re allowed on parks football fields etc as long as you’re sticking to those rules. I also don’t read the rules as including an empty industrial estate in the restrictions as with your own take on empty beaches. I think there’s still wiggle room and a fair bit of interpretation in the new rules. Especially if you’re going off official BMFA literature. I’d regard them as pretty good authority on the subject. I could also be horribly wrong. I don’t think I am though and I’m willing to risk it for a chocolate biscuit.

  28. Markone on July 1, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    My question is should I buy a new drone now or wait for the new drones with the CE certificate on it. Sold my mini was going to get mini 2 next month. Will legacy drones after 2 years get the CE pass…?

  29. Richard Jeffries on July 1, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    We can fly the mini pritty much everywhere now, from my garden flying at any height.. Just gota fly safe and no restrictions on minimum distance means we can fly over anyone at whatever distance, just make sure not to record till you’ve past everyone’s gardens

  30. Gerry Mclean on July 1, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Ian good video. Do you think its fair that you spent over a 1000 pounds on your PFOC course (like myself) and now you have to take an additional course to continue flying?

  31. theUKtoday on July 1, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Today, as my DJI Mini 2 was in transit to my house by Amazon and after spending hours trying to actually understand these bloody ridiculous rules then to see how much insurance costs in case you want to sell a photograph I decided F^CK it and cancelled the order mid delivery., which I have a feeling is exactly what the UK Government wants.
    I will just attach my gopro to a big helium balloon on a tether ~~ As an aside, when we REGISTER anything with a government agency that "thing" becomes the property of the government to take away as they please!

  32. Andrew Saunders on July 1, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I noticed that some of these rakes are coming to Australia in 2022, so nice to know what to expecr

  33. THE BEAR STRENGTH on July 1, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    great video, Ian thanks i’ve paid to take the A2 course but they require 2 hrs log to begin. now the weather is better and lock down is lifting i’ll get started 👍🏻

  34. Mark's Adventures on July 1, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    So let me get this clear it’s over 200gms and where people or businesses are essentially. It’s common sense with most things but I know common sense is rare these days. But get something new and restrictions and a cost soon follow. Is it still worth getting drone at all? All I wanted was a drone for open countryside to follow my bike and hover above me for good footage.

  35. Ian in London on July 1, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Make the new rules work for you; hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how to get flying in more areas near you. Cheers, Ian

  36. Navi Gate on July 1, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Brilliant information you have provided for many questions that get shadowed over.

  37. Too young to be old on July 1, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you. My very first drone arrives today, a Mavic Mini 2 – so I won’t have to register or take any tests, for now. I am now off to watch a video on where I can fly in the UK.

  38. Mark Bishop on July 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks again Ian always good info and really explained well 🙏

  39. Hawk Eye on July 2, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I was under the impression like many that still are that if you held a PfCO then the 50m bubble rule still applies not just for under 250g.

  40. John Ford on July 2, 2021 at 12:07 am

    I hold a BMFA BPC for my DJI Phantom 3. Is this equivalent to the A2 certification.

  41. Michael Stephenson on July 2, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for another great video.made the new rules much clearer 👍

  42. Chris P on July 2, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I’m new to the hobby and these videos have been crucial to understanding the new laws for me, thanks mate 👍.

  43. Snorre Selmer on July 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Excellent video. Worth mentioning, getting A2 certification means you can fly in almost the same scenarios as A1, but it’s for drones from 250g to 4kg (up to 2kg for drones that don’t have the C-class markings, and then only until Jan. 1st 2023).

  44. Travel Chasing on July 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I have a mavic mini wondering can I use it In my local park, I have registered etc my some rules are confusing me. Love the videos by the way 👍

  45. D Brown on July 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Good vid Ian. Also used your link to get the 5% reduction on UAVHUB A2 CofC course. Cheers

  46. tobuslieven on July 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    These rules might be okay if you’re motivated to get a certificate, but they exclude most people from getting started in the hobby. Living in a city without a car, there is nowhere that I can fly any drone. Before I can test out the hobby I need to get a drone license? You must be kidding.

  47. William Bell on July 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Hello Ian , Ive had 2 mini 2 s both of which had to be sent back for a refund . The reason was I keps getting atti mode messages althogh I was in a wide open area with 19 satelites Everything had been calibrated but still got message telling me the drone was in atti mode . At the moment Im put off buying another mini2 i case I have the same problem . Im not an isolated case, there are hundreds of people with the same problem . Do you know if there is a fix for this problem ? Regards Bill .

  48. unclejezza on July 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    You are helpful man

  49. SCIENCE IS NOT DEAD on July 2, 2021 at 12:14 am

    So kite surfers can legally decapitate you with the strings of their kites but your cinewhoop is too dangerous to approach them as they are enjoying their recreation on the beach. Very logical indeed.
    Speaking of politeness, did any dog owner ever asked me if I wished that their dog would come right near me and lick my freshly washed pants with their filthy tong?

  50. Tomasz Szary on July 2, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Where can I fly DJI mini 2 drone, under what category this drone is ?

Leave a Comment