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 Eurpoean 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. Guy Pool on January 2, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    This brilliantly thought out, clear and easy to understand, thank you very much!

  2. Kevin Swan on January 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Very disappointing UK. I hope your regulatory maddness does not spread internationally. If drones are a risk I live near some very dangerous Pelicans that should be gaoled immediately.

  3. Melvyn Jolly Smith on January 2, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Watch the minority spoil it for the majority, as usual.

  4. Andrew Thrift on January 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    UK is so good at killing the fun out of life.

  5. Martin Werling on January 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks 👍

  6. Johnson Samuel on January 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hi, I leave in London Finsbury Park, do u reckon I can fly my mini 2 in this area?

  7. Ivan Grigorov on January 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you very much for this detailed video. I checked the new rules as they were announced. However I missed some of the points that you went over and this really helps me to clear the picture (and definitely to keep my Mavic Mini 😁). Thank you and take care 👍

  8. Peter Murray on January 2, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Just sold my 4 DJI drones….won’t be buying another until the new classified models come onto the market…give it till end of 2021 and they will start to come out

  9. Ian in London on January 2, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    This happens now! What do you think about this huge change in rules? Let me know below. 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

  10. A & B Photography on January 2, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Its typical UK, anything that’s remotely exciting and a wee bit dangerous gets banned or restricted with endless lists of Rules, Laws and Regulations stopping the fun.

  11. RealOreo on January 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Great video!! Very helpful 😄

  12. Paul Simpson on January 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Ian thanks for an informative and simple explanation. Just got sub 250g drone so after following your blog, registered, operator and flyer I’d sorted. Thanks again.

  13. Craig Stranger on January 2, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Best description of the new rules so far. Have just bought a sub 250g drone and good to have confirmation on where I can fly

  14. Elecifun on January 2, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    What happens when you build your own?

  15. Mark Sweetman on January 2, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for explaining that. Anybody want to buy a mavic pro……? 😤

  16. Dave Edwards on January 2, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    So Can I fly over a railway Hub with my Mini 2? It clearly states in here that I can – but I think there’s a law that distinctly prohibits it!

  17. F G on January 2, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    finally can fly the Mini in London, is that correct?

  18. scooby7346 on January 2, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Ian, you are a star. Been trying to decipher all this stuff for a day or two now and you come along, as usual, and offer some really helpful advice. Thank you – kind regards – and a Happy New Year to you. David.

  19. gadgetman 404 on January 2, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Los with a Spotter yes or no

  20. Stuart Fleming Photography on January 2, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Appreciate you making this video.

    I have recently got my first drone and love it. New there was a change to the rules coming but wasn’t sure how it affected me.

    Hope 2021 is good to you.


  21. itsmyireland on January 2, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Great video.
    I live in Ireland but will travel to the UK when it’s again safe for everyone to do so. I have a mini 2. Which would you recommend I go for ?

  22. H on January 2, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Ian, many thanks for taking the time to explain how it will work in the UK. I live in Spain and the new rules are now implemented in here and I am trying to find out what train/examinations I need to fly my Mavic Pro but not getting anywhere fast so maybe someone out there may have some suggestions? I have contacted a major training school in the UK but they have said their (CAA) certification does not apply outside of the UK so anyone who wants to take their drones to Europe – forget it – once Covid restriction are finished!!!! I am going to the US in a few months on holidays and the new FAA rules are so much bette and easier for hobby pilots!!!

  23. paulonions on January 2, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the useful and clear information, now it makes sense!

  24. Philip Davis on January 2, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Very informative and in plain speak. Many thanks.

  25. cityull M on January 2, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Some great information, many many thanks looks like I will be investing in a DJI Mini 2 (how am I going to convince my mrs into me buying another drone 🤔)

  26. FPV wannabee on January 2, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, at 5.03 you speak of the caa governing the skies. Therefore whilst stood on a public right of way through a field for example we can fly over the farmers property legally? (If I understand correctly this is Brilliant) do you have a link to the specific wording rules allowing this to print out and put in my bag just incase I’m approached. Thanks in advance.

  27. Kai Creative on January 2, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together – really helps to clarify things! I’ve already signed up for the A2CofC – But also thinking of getting a mini2 based on this! Being able to do bits for commercial work is a great addition – but not being able to fly in recreational areas like parks early in the morning is annoying 🙁 Again really appreciate you putting this together!

  28. Tazz Balch on January 2, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Would a harbour be considered recreational

  29. Paul Booth on January 2, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for this video Ian. I did the test and obtained the 2 ID’s last night but I wish that I’d watched your video first as it does make things clearer! Thankfully I own a Mini 2.

  30. Sunnycampers on January 2, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Hello Ian, been a while since I’ve commented. Great vid pal. Thank you. I’ve a 2018 mavic air and as its 430g, so understanding these new regs and your comments at 15:14, this demonstrates that the CAA clearly don’t understand what they are doing. Once I’ve passed my A2 Cofc – I can fly A1 and up to, but not over people. That’s barking mad. All up until Dec 2022. Stay safe and healthy 👍

  31. Pete Harris on January 2, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Jesus… what a load of convoluted and complicated bull, I’ve already had enough of being told what to do in this country by this nazi government and their cronies. I used to fly EDF jets but gave up a year ago when I saw all this coming…they can keep it thanks!

  32. Richard Lee on January 2, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Ian, well delivered considering what a mine field it is. I have an Air2 so pretty much useless now, unless you want to film farmers fields?? Shame really, like always minorities spoil it for the people who use them properly!

  33. Craig Broadhurst on January 2, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Hi, I am new to drones I was gifted a Mini 2 this xmas by my partner, I did a lot of reading and have followed the new guidelines for Flyer ID + Operator ID. Currently only had a little flight experience within my back garden just to get used to the controls and since then went to an open countryside for a longer flight, I was surprised on how stable the Mini 2 drone was and never felt out of control. I have tried to fly at a friends property which is near MAN airport but was restricted and not allowed, I have been trying to find out how you can get authorised to fly in a Blue Zone but I am struggling to find out. Any suggestions? I know you can get these zones unrestricted from what I have seen but not sure if you need to make ATC aware via NATS app or Phone or Email etc, like I said I am very new so any help would be appreciated. Thanks

  34. Midlander on January 2, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this, I’ve been ready the web trying to clarify everything but really struggled to get a clear view of what the changes mean.

    A quick question though, Does this mean all you now need to be a commercial drone pilot in the uk is a CofC?

  35. Old Man in a Campervan on January 2, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Stumbled across this whilst looking at “what drone…” vids and really wanted the Air 2 for when I go travelling (when we can) but now that seems pointless at the Mini 2 is my only option. Or are the restrictions in Europe less grouchy??

  36. jack sparrow lookalike shaun hammant on January 2, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    well done ian that cleared up a lot of confusion for me well for the minis anyway can you recomend a a2 cofc course which is aproved by the caa ? cheers mate

  37. Edward Robison on January 2, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    You didn’t talk about fpv. In particular what are the regulations for flying fpv under 250grams? Thanks for the video!

  38. Rob Beard on January 2, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    £299.00 for A2 CofC, fucking money making racket as per normal.

  39. Tazz Balch on January 2, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Hang on so we are no longer aloud to fly down the beach

  40. Abuhakeema4 4 on January 2, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Great vidoe ian all points covered fully legit now, good work keep it up. will only refer to your vidoes in future

  41. Nathan Rock on January 2, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Just purchased myself the phantom 3 advanced & didn’t know about these new rules, it’s safe to say I’m not pleased in the slightest

  42. Woody Drones On on January 2, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks Ian for sifting through all of those pages! I was getting confused with it all at the start, I have a DJI Mini 1, Maybe it is time to upgrade to an unclassified Mini 2! Unless they pull the rug from under our feet again, feel a bit sad for some drone users, I am sure they will have to retrospectively look at classifications in the future to avoid being buried under complaint letters. At least small drone owners can register a company now, get insurance and offer various services with ease, I will take your advice and take the Flyer ID test, more knowledge is a great thing. Not sure if insurance companies will ask for A2 CofC certification. Great Video. Happy New Year!

  43. Tazz Balch on January 2, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Under the a3 open class would it be possible to take footage of light houses if a 50 metre distance were maintained between persons uninvolved and 150 meters from residential

  44. Glyn Parry on January 2, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Good man. Thank you 🙏

  45. Toms Personal on January 2, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    This did clear up that I thought I could use my Pro 2 in built up areas with my A2 CofC as didn’t realise it at only my mini 2.
    So for me I read it as :
    Busier places = mini 2 and over uninvolved people (not crowds)
    Countryside = Pro 2 not over anyone

    Seems pointless anyone having an Air now.

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  47. Jonathan Sharratt on January 2, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you for the informed explanation of these rules. Now living in Canada all you need is a pilots license and as for the Mavic mini 1 or 2 it’s unrestricted which is why I brought the MM1 no need to have a pilots licence just common sense. I do agree people who don’t own a drone always have something negative to say but as like any hobby like sport shooting another of my hobbies people need to respect these hobbies.

  48. poppyzacko on January 2, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    My drone going further than me at the moment, looks like they heading for a lockdown as well, taking all the fun away!

  49. Adliberate offline on January 2, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Its almost like giving unscrupulous snoopers the ability to spy on their neighbors. Might be handy for a government that wants it’s subjects to grass other up for whatever reason. Let’s hope that users are respectful with others privacy (like that’s going to happen!)

  50. wesley ashton on January 2, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Great video and links much appreciated, I have recently got my first drone the Mavic Mini and was wondering what I needed to do to fly legally and also where I can fly.
    This should help me stay legal and safe.

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