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

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. RdL on August 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    i fly a race/freestyle drone since last summer and so far i fly anywhere where there are large field from farmers and its all good so far.
    the rules are really overreacted

  2. Chris Harris on August 7, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    The net result to me? FUCK going to the UK. What is the damn point of having a drone at all? Last time I checked, scores of people aren’t being killed or maimed by drones yet they’re being classified as basically being aerial bombs.

    It’s pretty obvious that the UK obviously didn’t realize they lost the second world war because Hitler looks to be in charge of your drones.

  3. HarmyMD on August 7, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Honestly, in my opinion, these UK rules on drone use seem a tad bit unfair and excessive. I honestly haven’t heard of anyone that died from a less than 2kg drone that dropped on them. Why so strict with these rules, it stifles the fun in drone flying. It shouldn’t be this deep.

  4. Wayno on August 7, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for the advice Ian. Well put together video. I’ve just registered both Op and flyer after watching this. Thanks again.

  5. Laura Healy on August 7, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Hi there please can someone help with some info. I’m a beginner and I am trying to get everything right. I have tried finding the NATS assist app, but all that is coming up is drone assist is this the same one?

  6. OOOPs ! John Mono on August 7, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Brilliant. Thank you, thank God i bought a mini 2

  7. Ant on August 7, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I was thinking here, do the same rules apply to the Dji mini 3 Pro, as they currently do with the mini and mini 2?

  8. Ian in London on August 7, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    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

  9. Easy Drone on August 7, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Great Help mate Cheers !

  10. Ben Atherton on August 7, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Many thanks for this video. I was about to buy a 2nd hand unclassified dji mavic 2 but now I’ll wait. 👍👍👍👍

  11. Anthony Raynor on August 7, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you so much for the video. We’re looking to take a trip to the U.K. next summer and I wanted to be compliant with the rules. Looks like it might be time to upgrade my trusty Mavic Air 2.

  12. b9y on August 7, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I’m sure "Congested area" could literally speaking apply to blades of grass which means you can’t fly from a field. Recreational is defined as "relating to or denoting activity done for enjoyment when one is not working" but what if you’re in a park full of full-time vloggers? I know these are stupid things to say but…could it be accepted in court?

    1. If I fly high over a town, city etc, it’s gonna be over verifiably closed things. So I flew over my local town to get shots, and it was over a park which closed at 5pm. I flew closer to town but it was in a car park with only 4 cars in at the time, and I never left the area of the car park. The town centre shops had shut by 6pm, and I never flew over people. I flew over a river with buildings on one side and a park on the other, low down, so if the drone crashed it would get VERY wet. If it suddenly went left or right, well, that’s why I have an emergency shut off right? As much as I hate DJI from a company standpoint, their drones have a large number of failsafes which mean these occurences are rare as hell. I say "rare" knowing of no situation where I’ve heard of it happening)

    2. I rang the CAA for guidance about flying over roads. You know what they said? I can fly over "B Roads", when "No one is around". Ok, what if a car is coming but it’s a mile away? I can cross that road using a drone in less than a second, is that "around"? Well, strangely…they didn’t have an answer for that. So I cross A roads, but I make sure I’m going at full whack. Drones just don’t "drop" vertically, it would easily clear a road at trajectory, and I make sure I’m not hovering above them! Even then I wouldn’t cross over a really busy A road, and when I do, I make sure there’s gaps, like I was crossing it on foot.

    3. Don’t be a dick i.e don’t fly close to people. If you fly over buildings, make sure you’re either doing it quickly or it’s not a roof made of paper that anything can poke through. The whole "No flying over buildings" thing is a bit silly, as is the cylinder not dome scenario in general.

    4. OBVIOUSLY don’t fly in restricted areas.

    I’d like to point out I do pretty much stay well within the current laws. I wear a hi-vis that says "drone pilot", I have my ID with me and so on. I don’t fly in high winds, I lower my altitude the second I see another aircraft nearby, even if it’s flying a lot higher. I check my surroundings, I’m a proper stickler when it comes to making sure the landing area is safe and I always point the drone camera down, and look up. I use the bright LED light in day or night for landing at all times so the drone is visible. I basically do everything you’re meant to do, but I also will gladly admit I break them in a few ways and do so with a large degree of calculated risk.

    I just think these laws are pure bollocks. You could fly 30cm from someone, accidentally shop their face up, but fly 30cm above them and give them a relatively gentle bonk on the head and suddenly you’re a fluffing drone terrorist.

  13. The meetings on August 7, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    great advice, thank you. I learnt a lot

  14. Lone Gunman63 on August 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Ian, just been watching parts of your video, it all sounds quite complcated a bit of a minefield.
    I’ve been toying with buying a small drone for quite a while, i’ve been thinking of the DJI Mini SE, just a small drone that i can get out with and practise, i’d love to be able to take it to Cornwall in the summer and get some great footage.
    Just out of curiosity are there any London open spaces that you could fly this drone to practise.
    I hadn’t realised about all the new regulations in the UK..

  15. Phil Denholm on August 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the info, new mini 2 owner so very good to watch this and it’s given me loads of info

  16. TaffaFilms on August 7, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Could you please name the drones on your table from left to right so we can compare the sizes of different models? That would be really helpful. Thanks!

  17. 6foot2bandit d on August 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Hello I have the DJ MAVIC mini drone with a camera Having trouble finding out where I get a operators ID for this dream just subscribe to your channel and we could go on one of the courses how do I find out about that thank you ps Also having trouble finding how to register the drone cannot find the site where are you Reg to the dream

  18. ANDY POLLARD on August 7, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Great video thanks, for fun I just took the Flyer ID course and to my annoyance scored 39 out of 40. This should probably be mandatory for all drones. Tempted by a DJI Mini 3…

  19. Andrew Ashmore on August 7, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Video is really great. Thanks. I would like to clarify one point about airports. You can fly in the restricted zone if you have permission. The rules for my local international airport is that you give them a call 15 minutes before take off the get final authorisation you call them when you are done and you also have to report any loss of control of the drone during the flight.

  20. Karl Keogan on August 7, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I am new to drones and got my first over 500g drone 2nd hand. I have lots of big parks around me. I have already done the flyer if and operator I’d but I still am learn to fly in quite times of the day in the parks. I’m not bothering or hurting anyone or anything. Uk trying to make a fun activity chargeable

  21. Laurence Fegan on August 7, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you, Ian! I’ve just shelled out for a Mini 2 and this has REALLY clarified the legalities for me. Again, thank you.

  22. FiMI Cloud Busta on August 7, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    like everything in this life we have rules ontop of rules overload ..just register your drone then use common sence …

  23. Michael Palmer on August 7, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Very interesting & informative video. Thank you

  24. khurrum khan on August 7, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    A little bit of confusion in what you said. In the A3 category Flying ‘far from people’ and a2 flying ‘close to people’, in both cases, you said we can fly 50m away from people (at 12:07 for A3 category and at 12:37 for A2 category). If this is the case then what’s the difference between the 2 categories.

  25. Oli Baits on August 7, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Excellent video. Mavic 3 Mini Pro is the way forward. Can’t wait to get mine!

  26. nokmond on August 7, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Great video, thanks for sharing! Do you need insurance to fly for commercial reasons? Such as roof surveys etc. Thanks!

  27. Tony Becks on August 7, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Just got the mini 2, this video was very useful thank you.

  28. Steve Jolliffe on August 7, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Excellent information thanks for your time… 👍

  29. Donald Oliver on August 7, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    We currently are at risk of losing privileges of where we can fly. We have those ‘Audit’ idiots who head for police stations and start filming. This is in order to get the police to come out and question what they are doing. This is to try and make the police to look stupid. The problem is they are now using drones to fly around and over police stations. The intention is exactly the same but unfortunately, the police have no real knowledge of laws etc on where drones can be flown. These ‘audits’ need bringing to book before they spoil it for genuine flyers.

  30. Ashra Rai on August 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    No point acquiring CofC license if you have legacy drones then. I was thinking to register for CofC course, having watched this video I think it would be foolish to do so. Thank you for the clarification.

  31. Beer grills on August 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    So a dji mavic pro , needs an ID plus Sit exam just to fly in open country?

  32. thekalondon on August 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you Ian …
    Exactly what info I was searching for … in a brief …

  33. Prickly Pig Photography on August 7, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Thank for this video, I’m new to drone flying so appreciate the simplified rules update.

  34. 999_clan on August 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Could you do an updated version during like late November 2022

  35. cfagil on August 7, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Great video. Many Thanks. I can see why the Government encourage people to fly drones in the category of under 250g to minimize damage to properties and people. I used to fly piston powered remote control helicopters on land "far away from people and properties". Most of them are over 2Kg and they can kill so I had to join a flying club to fly them in field in the middle of nowhere. I would not dream of flying them in built up area. I was thinking of doing the training course 3 years ago in order to fly drones in built up area. I am glad I waited and just bought a DJI Mini 2. It is much more steady than I thought. The camera quality is very good indeed.

  36. THATSMYNAME on August 7, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Sick of this UK government You’ll need licence to take A s*it soon…

  37. JASON SEGADE on August 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Cheers mate
    I got a mini 😅

  38. Anatoly Vasily on August 7, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Thats unbelievable and not fare ! With this Mavic 2pro. Not everyone can afford change buy new one.

  39. Chris Walker on August 7, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I’m confused 😵‍💫
    Unclassified mini ok until Dec 22, but then they become classed as A3.
    However you then talk of unclassified will be ok to fly anywhere? Over people and in buildings.
    So which is more future proof, classified or unclassified mini 2?
    Also will there be lots of really cheap ones for sale Dec 22 because of changes ?
    I have a woodland and need a drone to monitor the Ash dieback. Being able to get an overall perspective from the air would help me assess the damage to the trees.

  40. Richard Ruda on August 7, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Excellent explanation.

  41. Biscuit Bass Broom on August 7, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Hello ….I moved to Canada some years ago ……I am thinking about getting a DJI FPV as pt of my drone collection …..where does the DJI FPV DRONE COME IN ON THE UK FLIGHT RULES FOR DRONES ..when I come back for holidays as I would still like to take home footage back with me and did I hear you say that can take a test on line even if I live in canada ??

  42. Bil Tong on August 7, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    i have a question the website seems to suggest operators "should consider" writing down the rules for flyers who will use there drones does this mean flyers can use without the operator with them? i feel this leaves a gap in the law that could cause a grey area for sub 250g drones with the flyer not needing a flyer id how could a court prove he knew the laws regarding flying. this leads me to believe going no comment I’m not the operator would/could lose the drone but not result in a charge hypothetically asking for a friend. how dose a flyer know if the operator needs a licence.

  43. Mickey Agyei on August 7, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you very much. May God bless you.

  44. Plan C on August 7, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Was building DIY drones and tricopters since around 2012 out of poplar wood and tuppaware. Got into racing drones around 2015. Quit 3 years ago after constant persecution. I even joined the oldest RC club in London (Chingford) back in 2015 to stop being hassled but even they won’t allow ‘drones’ anymore. Shame. Met a lot of good people and had a lot of good times building tracks at parks and quarrys etc. Gave up 3 years ago as it was just getting ridiculous. Always feeling like a naughty school kid every time I went out flying waiting for somebody to complain, have a picnic or being playing football on the runway we were paying to be maintaned! I have been registered with the BMFA and the UK drone regulator fopr the last 2 years anyway. Just bought a Mini2 and watched this and got depressed. Thanks for the detailed and clear info.

  45. Dirt Machines on August 7, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I’m 15 my drone is in my dads name for the operator id do I need anything myself like an flyer Id and dose my dad have to be with me at all times flying?

  46. Mark R White on August 7, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Definitely not good news for me I have a Mavic pro platinum 750 g but that screws me over completely I can’t afford to buy a brand-new classification drone and who is going to want to buy a legacy drone if they can’t fly anywhere

  47. John Cook on August 7, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Ian very interesting info,any idea where I can get a drone license that would cover loss,damage ,water damage,and public liability. I just use the drone for hobby use only but want insurance for my own piece of mind.

  48. St Michaels Railway on August 7, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Hi buddy new the the drone scene. So I have a old dji mini and to be able to fly it legally I just need to register the drone and a flyers I’d or can I just register

  49. Karl Keogan on August 7, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Great video but I can see not many taken notice of the A3 band and still using it in parks and beaches.

  50. Marty Mountebank on August 7, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    It’s no surprise all these regs. We even have “moderators” now to check what we are saying on drone websites and elsewhere. What’s next? You get what you are prepared to settle for.

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