New UK Drone Regulations 2021 – Where You Can Now Fly with YOUR Model from 31 Dec 20

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Jump Points:
Start 00:00
Rules for all flights: 1:51
Registration: 3:00
Flight Categories (Open + Subcategories) : 3:25
Drone Classifications & Legacy Drones: 9:20
Drone Model listing Jump Points: 10:36
Flying in Towns & Cities: 15:10

Everything changed on 31 Dec 2020! Completely new drone rules come into force for flying your drone in the UK in 2021. The Civil Aviation Authority have now adopted the new EASA rules meaning some can now fly a drone out of their back garden in towns and cities, others are relegated to the open countryside. The rules are insanely complex but I’ve summarised them to focus on exactly how they affect where and how you can fly. I explain the new rules and regulations for where and how you can fly the DJI Mavic Mini, DJI Mini 2, Tello, Spark, Mavic Air 1, DJI Mavic Air 2, DJI Mavic Pro, Pro Platinum, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Zoom, Zerotech Dobby, Snaptain SP 500, Parrot Mambo, Parrot Anafi, Autel Evo, Yuneec Typhoon and DJI Inspire. I explain the new Flying Categories and subcategories along with the new European Drone Classifications and how the Legacy Drone Transition Period will work, showing you how your existing drones are affected by the new rules. I go through the main points of the CAP722 and CAP 2012 documents from the CAA and how they produce the matrix of rules that apply to your model. Everything you need to know about flying drones in the UK in 2021 and how the new EASA drone rules work in the UK is in this video…


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  1. Daniel Chandler on March 16, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Hello I’ve just bought the Simrex X20 GPS drone the weight is 1.75 kilograms would any of the rules apply for having this drone. Thanks

  2. MrSmile1011 on March 16, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Very helpful for a new drone user. Handy to have the information kept on the screen to reference. Thanks!

  3. Michael Hawkins on March 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Really useful – thanks a lot

  4. multipreach on March 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Hi mate maybe you can help me on this. I have just installed the dji app, using the mini 2. As I live close to a restricted zone my max altitude is set to 150m, which is understandable. I can pin a point to fly to within to 150m zone as shown on the map, but why the hell can I not fly out of the 150m zone, even though I live right on the boundary od unrestricted air space? So I have to take off out of the boundary to have any freedom?

  5. Edvinas Krivickas on March 16, 2021 at 12:13 am

    who has a drone ? that 120m seems to be very low ?! … And if you fly up + 5/10 m ? they send you a ticket ?

  6. Andrew Moore on March 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Mate this video is brilliant and I have forwarded it to a number of my Videograpgher groups. One question, are my previous qualifications now redundant? Is there any legacy exceptions for people who did their licenses? Cheers again 👊🙏🙏

  7. Me Me on March 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    UK gov are afraid what the public might find out about them…I think now drones are a waste of time ie get yourself a massive telephoto lens instead

  8. FluffyCobra on March 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

    So if i get a Mini 2 i will need to get an operator ID but not the flyer ID? Please correct me if I’m wrong and any advice as I am new to drones.

  9. Annabelle Carter on March 16, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Can i fly a kite in the uk now ?

  10. wildwatertv on March 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Thank you Ian. Fantastic advice all round. I did the A2 CofC course, just because it makes sense. Would recommend it highly.

  11. Andy Pelling on March 16, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Excellent video, both educational and technical and I now have my A2 C of C because of it. I’ve upgraded to the Mini2 from the Mini1 but have had a Phantom 3 Pro for the last 3 years too. Thank you Ian.

  12. Robert Knott on March 16, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Bloody government cashing in again.
    Spent 3 grand on DJI Phantom, integral controller, 3 batteries, 3 port charger,
    in-car charger and a backpack in 2017 !!!!
    All effing useless now !!!

  13. DrHitMan13 on March 16, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Thanks! *FINALLY* I am keen to get a drone, and have been researching for 2 days now trying to understand the new rules. Very clear, makes total sense now, and I can understand the CAP2008 and CAP2012 documents now! 😀

  14. Yves BAZIN on March 16, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for this video I have just taken the A1/A3 course.

  15. Alan Brown on March 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Thanks Ian.. You seem to have grasped it better than others.. at least putting it over to us!.. I have been to other site and they seem to apply ID and registration etc to everything! It really put me off my choice and I’m still not sure where it fits in.. Ryse DJI Tello.. is it a toy? I was going to buy one mainly for my property examination.. roof, guttering etc with possibly the odd holiday trip. Now I’m scared of taking it anywhere.. most sites say you have to keep 50m from anyone, anywhere. I’m seriously put off. 😢😢

  16. Darren dickenson on March 16, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I couldn’t care less.aa long as its not near an airport or prison or police station then ill fly it where I long as I’m not being silly then I’m doing no harm.

  17. Stephen Little on March 16, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Greatvinfo there.
    Good for sub 250. And now the big boys so to speak like the COPPERS Can not fly over crowds. Well that should be fun when we tell them to push off. Like hell.
    And not sure about paying for each year. Have a laugh. Get losses.

  18. Joss Ackland's Spunky Backpack on March 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Yeah I’ll be selling my drone and giving up this hobby completely. What’s the fcuking point? 🙄

  19. LittleJohn_MD on March 16, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Just come across this video which is really well made and full of great info. I recently got my Flyer ID and Operator ID to fly my new DJI Mini 2 and I completely agree with the rules the CAA are setting out in my eyes. Not because I have a sub 250g drone but that it gives people more safety over heavy weight drones that can cause real damage if they crash land. I a m loving my Mini 2 and will continue to do so until such a time that something may change in the laws as they always change every year. I think places like schools should however have zones that are not allowed to be recorded at all full stop along with the military. airports zones etc

  20. samisakhi2009 on March 16, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Can I fly dji ryze tello there in the uk without a drone id

  21. Garry Dallas on March 16, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Following suit with the governments abilities… not idea!

  22. Rinsang Vlogs on March 16, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Thank you for the information.👍👍👍
    I brought DJI mini 2 recently in February this year 2021. How do I know whether my drone is classified or not.

  23. ODDJOB on March 16, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Given the fact that the Gov cant even make test and trace work despite a £37bn spend and 150,000 COVID deaths I think the chances of these new drone laws being enforced is zero.

  24. Jay Farley on March 16, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Hey Ian thankyou for this very clear 🙂 Do you know how many people constitutes a crowd. Does this also count if the people are ‘under your control’?

  25. Ian in London on March 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    This happens now! What do you think about this huge change in rules? Let me know below. ** Note on beaches: This refers to crowded controlled beaches that are usually crowded; not desolate coastline. Cheers, Ian . Jump Points for video:
    Rules for all flights: 1:51
    Registration: 3:00
    Flight Categories (Open + Subcategories) : 3:25
    Drone Classifications & Legacy Drones: 9:20
    Drone Model listing Jump Points: 10:36
    Flying in Towns & Cities: 15:10

  26. Peter Lorimer on March 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    May as well stay indoors bruv and forget about it.

  27. waawaaweewaa86 on March 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Might as well just buy a helicopter. Seems less of a guff. You can fly up to AND over people in those.

  28. Darren Horsman on March 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for this video…I wasn’t aware of these conditions when buying my sp500. I have never flown a drone before and wanted a good price one. I was lucky to find this on offer o;Amazon for under £90 so thought it was a good deal for a learning drone. This was backed up by your review of it. Thanks for sharing the info

  29. Me Me on March 16, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Ive heard the new drones have to have GPS tracking so they no were you have been flying it…

  30. Stephen Powell on March 16, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Sounds like Harassment to Drone users trying to show us what the world looks like from a Birds eye view, More Westminster 🐂💩and FAA 🐂💩

  31. Panos Gerontis on March 16, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I wish I watched this 3 days ago when I ordered the DJI FPV! I’m expecting it to arrive today. I might send it back and get the the Mini 2 !

  32. brettnbeck_valleyvan on March 16, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Great video, thank you for taking the time to do this 💙✌️

  33. M Latief on March 16, 2021 at 12:49 am


  34. James’ss on March 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Ive just ordered a mini 2. I will only be operating it in remote areas and generally where their are no other people / buildings around. Ive watched your other videos on the mini 2 you produced hence my purchase (you made up my mind for me as a complete novice). I’m a photographer and just getting into video of my walks so the drone will be an adjunct to my work (photographs from different angles and video footage I ordinarily can’t get). This is indeed a great insight into our changing world / laws/ restrictions. Brilliant thanks ….

  35. Aj V on March 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Well done the UK. I’m sure the NHS where overrun with drone related injuries now they can focus on all the overweight, alcoholic, druggies.

  36. Do3 Coaching - Do3 TV on March 16, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Hey Ian. I work at an open water swimming lake. It’s private and we have the land owners permission to fly. What’s the situation if we want to fly above the lake taking shots of the swimmers?

  37. Inspirationfree on March 16, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Can’t be bothered with Drone in the U.K. or E.U.

    Distance rules are a pain, and I don’t care about the categories. Distance from people is unrealistic, I can’t control where people go. A3 is just ridiculous, A2 distances are a joke too.

    Old drones should be exempt. Just like old cars are except from seatbelt rules.

  38. Daveslow on March 16, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Excellent and very informative video! Thank you very much 🙂

  39. sadsamcq on March 16, 2021 at 12:55 am

    about time

  40. George Boukouris on March 16, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Thank you😎

  41. S on March 16, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Very useful indeed. I’ll be reading up one the Code and do the C0 test when I’m ready. The DJI Mini will do all I want …… for now. Thanks , T U and subbed.

  42. Costa Pontikos on March 16, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Hi so as of today March 15th 2021 is it still the case that the mini 2 is unclassified? I ask as I’m thinking of buying it from the DJI website directly and using it in my local park etc. Or has DJI now started classifying it’s drones? Thanks.

  43. Drone Junkie Qc on March 16, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Looks like its time to move.

  44. Stephen Little on March 16, 2021 at 1:00 am

    P. S. With the weight laws means the heavy drones no were close to people buildings etc. Well that should STOP THE DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE THEN. HE HE.

  45. S Page on March 16, 2021 at 1:01 am

    No worries, they couldn’t catch the fella who shut down Gatwick so I’m not bothered

  46. JackH on March 16, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the video. Interesting comment near the end about the Mini 2 being sold currently as unclassified. Are you saying if you buy one now, you will always have the freedom associated with that, but if they classify them in the future you could buy the same drone but not have that same freedom?

  47. Scraft on March 16, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Hey Ian thankyou for putting this togeather its really helpful.

  48. David Douglas on March 16, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Looks like my Mavic Pro Platinum drone will go in the bin 🙁

  49. ol170 on March 16, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Fantastic Ian. Thank you

  50. Danny Paul on March 16, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Hi Lan .I have phantom3 professional I only use it hobbyist do I need any ID many thanks

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