New UK Drone Rules – 5 Things You Need To Know – UK EASA Regulations Series – Geeksvana

Hey everyone! In today’s video we are bringing you news on the New UK Drone Rules coming into effect as of December 31st 2020. This is our first video in a new UK EASA Drone Regulations Series which will cover all the facts you need to know! In this episode we bring you the five things you need to know about the new rules and tell you what to expect in future episodes! What do you think of the new rules? Let us know in the comments below!

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49 Comments

  1. Manuel Perez Galavis on December 29, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for explaining it so clear!!!

  2. PD Tech on December 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Interesting info but I’m still not convinced the CAA or UK authorities are in any hurry to bring in these new EASA regs!
    I suspect there will be more delays….🤔😯😎👍

  3. Kurt Brouckxon on December 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I have the online drone certificate A1/A3 from the UK. Is the certificate legal in Europa (EASA)? Due to the BREXIT and I live in Belgium

  4. Steven Trueman on December 29, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks sean for putting that out, i have been watching as many vids as possible in an attempt to try to understand all these rule changes, but the thing that worries me is (unless I’ve heard it wrong) is that my hanger of aircraft, m2ed and m2 zoom, will be quite useleas to me in 2 years time, have i got that right?
    Thanks sean for keeping us all updated 👍

  5. Ian Rogers on December 29, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    In future videos, would you be able to highlight the relative advantages of the A2CofC and GVC qualifications?

  6. Steve Gee on December 29, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Sean, What about current Qualifications such as PFCO. Will we have grandfather rights. Also yet again as an FPV pilot where do we fit in. They have lumped us yet again in with camera drones. 🤬

  7. Battle Archery Ltd on December 29, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    So if I’m flying FPV under 250g (more like 30-40g) and it’s not recording video, I don’t have to register? But if I’m flying fpv whoop like the Mobula 6 HD which is like around 27g, then I will have to register with the CAA…..? What does this mean if I won’t sell my crappy DVR footage?

  8. Too Old To Die Young on December 29, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Aggg still dont get it. There seems to be, for me some confusion with my Mavic Mini which I bought 2 days ago, possibly in error as I was advised that I could use it to check my roof tiles. But some say I cant use it for this purpose as my next doors house is within 50m. Others say that being a sub 250g drone the rules don’t apply legally and are only advisory. if I look on the internet there is no specific sub 250 rules just that they are changing in Dec or follow the drone code or no legal limitations.

  9. We're Really Relay Camping on December 29, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    the rules confuse me, so if i have just bought a 1kg quid, without a C rating, has it been a waste of money and i should have waited?

  10. Smiley on December 29, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Great video Sean thanks for the update I’ll look forward to seeing further updates from you as always 👍👌👍

  11. falconidaes on December 29, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    5:09 This is a hobby killer. And this means that all children who has tiny Quad(sub 250g) with camera will be criminalized. This changes UK rule "Safety First", since flying without a camera is more "dangerous" than with it. At this point privacy is more important than safety. General rule of flying 50m away from buildings would be enough. But government want to control all flying cameras, because this is the one of the things they afraid off. And since they criminalized even the children by default they will reduce number of people developing the engineering skills and their intelligence. If similar things will happen like in Gatwick Airport(actually there was no drone) they will come to (imprison) the nearest registered users guilty or not.

  12. Mark G on December 29, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    If it’s about recording using a drone then I won’t record. Simple, hey!

  13. G Wal on December 29, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    I am hoping that an App will exist that allows you to input your drone model and your qualifications (or none) and then from your GPS position it will give you a green light or a red light and show a hatched area on the map showing the limits of legal flight. I am probably expecting too much.

  14. Jack Woods on December 29, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Really though… Like who’s going to catch you or even care, don’t be a dick and fly stupidly or near airports, and you will be fine. I’m not paying anything when I’ve already paid close to £500 on the hobby

  15. Leggework on December 29, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    just started my A2CofC course the new regulations are going have a major positive impact on droning especially with my SAR activity at present I have to leave large area unsearched due to the 150m rule with the A2CofC I will be able to expand my search area including built up areas (gardens, allotments, yards etc) the only thing that is concerning is the lack of information from manufacturers about as and when they are going to start classifying their drones and also the need for airfield restrictions to be highlighted more as they are unlikely to change from their current setup

  16. AirScape on December 29, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Its a shame they wont give a C class to the drones we have. I hope we get a work around for this.

  17. OnThe Move on December 29, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Clear as mud.

  18. Krasimir Kolev on December 29, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Who will be even dealing with monitoring all this shit? Police in Estern Europe are almost not familiar with the existing of drones not to mention to go chasing you and ask you anything (of course except if you’re too obvious) lol

  19. John Davey on December 29, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Too fast too much to much jargon not explaining enough

  20. Eric Watt on December 29, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Good afternoon Sean thank for the new updates on the new EASA as you know am doing my my A2 cofc now .Sounds my Parrot anafi as been my best buy after all was going to buy the DJI mavic mini good job i never the only thing i have to worry about my Yuneec h looks A3 for it but that’s fine the other good thing is at long last there looking at everyone will have to be insured i had two insurance cover for four year now i would never fly without it them that are flying without insurance should be fined its the same as a car mishaps can come faster then your eyes see it coming

  21. andrew maudsley on December 29, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    CAA and FAA need to understand that people also make there own drones and will just go to the local parts to fly no matter what BS rules they pit out, we are not gps drones and crashing and fixing is part of the fun, FPV people who have been flying for some time have a massive advantage of flying closer to anything but are being told that need to go in the middle of no where, the is a massive latency difference between a hand holding gps drone and a fpv racing one, I will as always think about safty and fly only when I feel I am being safe and will stop if I don’t, I really cannot care less about the rules like most are fed up of them, I fly safe never hurt anyone and do what I can to manage risk where I can, it has work the passes years, CAA and FAA need to stop trying to make money from DJI and amazon ext, just have it as hobby keep to these rules, simple ones, and for amazon and so on tell them they neeed to be above 400 to 500 feet, tell mand they need to be above 600ft, fine them if they do not keep to the rules, have clear no fly zones to allow plains to land and take off, and have apps that tell you this, already is, FPV is getting a extra BS rules and they want me to by stuff from them and have GPS tracking stuff on my stuff that crashed, winder if they honer replacement, thinking payplal claims would be the only way to go with them but then I bet they know except card payment, its a joke, nice youtube video as always just needed to vent

  22. graham All by Drone on December 29, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Afternoon Sean it’s been a long time coming, I hope they don’t change the date again😒

  23. Zephyr on December 29, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Hey I have 2 questions, 1) Do I buy the Mavic Air 2 now or should I wait? 2) I won’t be flying close to people or buildings etc but what is the distance I have to keep away? 1 last thing is what if someone flys close to buildings or over people, can that be enforced or is it one of those things where its only if someone reports you to the police?

  24. Stewart Bowie on December 29, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    These videos are going to be very helpful in making the decision to to buy the new drone. It’s something I have been thinking about getting into but worried I buy one then can’t fly it much due to breaking any rules or laws! Therefore making buying one pointless. Hopefully I will get enough info from these videos before Xmas to make a final decision 👍 thanks

  25. Mike Plowman on December 29, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Sean, great job as always and very much looking forward to this series of videos.

    Couple of questions – Do the new regs come in 0:00:01 of Dec 31st or Jan 1st? I don’t want to get up early on New Years Eve to finally be able to get some shots of our town church then get my collar felt by PC Plod and thrown into prison to be raped in the showers by Mr Big who’s in with all the warders. 🙂
    Also – can you confirm, as I believe will be the case, that with our own risk assessment carried out (and privacy of neighbours taken into consideration) we will technically be able to take off and land from our gardens? I’m not likely to but knowing that it’s a possibilty would be good.

    I wrote to our local councils to ask if they are going to be reviewing their parks policies in light of the new regulations a couple of months ago (Bucks CC, Oxon CC and Milton Keynes Council) and have yet to receive any reply. It’s a shame we don’t have a National body to try and get councils to be bit more drone friendly. (See also National Trust and English Heritage)

    Anyway, whinge over, keep up the good work. Always entertaining and informative.

  26. Mark Thomas on December 29, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Concerns about unexpected low flying military aircraft please. I fear there’s going to be an incident after what I experienced today.

  27. Dale Mumford on December 29, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Sean, looking forward to more videos especially in relation to the Mavic Mini & I’m already registered with an Operators ID. Not really bothered about making any money from it but just to record some basic videos for friends & family. Just wondering how close etc we will be able to fly to people & buildings
    Obviously with safety paramount

  28. Bionic Rusty on December 29, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Great video. Thank you.
    I’m a bit annoyed with the CAA TBH.
    I updated my operator id last month and in none of the correspondence did I see any detail about these new regs. They did say there were changes afoot but also that they would advise of these changes once known. It’s due to that point that I came looking for info.
    I am a hobbyist with a Spark and a Tello and it seems that after the initial period, both will be for the bin for anything other than flying over an empty field. That’s not right. 😠
    Sub’d 👍

  29. Trevor Coultart on December 29, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Hi there, I still have a question: I photograph properties for estate agents, and have been considering for ages adding drone shots to my business.

    The changing regulations and the new Mini 2’s raw capability are finally making me think I’ll take the plunge at least as a tester. (Heck, I want one for fun anyway, so might as well see if I can make use of it.) 

    Trying to make sense of all the regs and every time I think I’ve got my head round it I come up with a “yeah, but…” 

    Specifically, I’m still not clear if an A2cofc alone would be enough for the sort of flights that shooting properties in, say, suburban or even urban Hertfordshire would require. I feel like most of the sort of properties I’m commissioned to shoot may well require flights over and around roadways etc to get decent frontage shots.

    Or even, if I was initially flying a Mini 2, could I operate in this sort of environment even without an A2 CofC?

  30. Armando Ferreira on December 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Sean, thanks for the video. I have been having some discussions with other pilots about legacy drones and transition period. I had the same opinion as you, MM1 (or MM2 without C class) and MA2 can fly as legacy drones in subcategories A1 and A3 until December 31st 2022 and only in subcategory A3 after that. Other pilots have stated that in their opinion MM1 can still fly in subcategory A1 after the transition period. This is a very important point to be enlighted.

    As far as required training is concerned I believe that MM1 pilots in the UK need to complete the DMARES? Following EASA rules MM1 and MM2 pilots don’t need to take any course, just read manufacturers instructions, and MA2 pilots need to take an on-line test to fly in both subcategories A1 (only during transition period for drones without C class) and A3 . How it will be in the UK? Am I wrong in my interpretation of the rules?

  31. denis Mcghee Boyle on December 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    It’s now at the point were I can not be bothered with all the hoops that need to be jumped through to fly. I won’t be RE registering. I’ve decided,I shall just fly as I want as. I always have without Injuring anyone or anything without all the hassle and worry of if Pc plod or some other gestapo vigilante has a problem.

  32. Phillip Dridge on December 29, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Sean, great video again. Look forward to the next, I can’t see me staying in the hobbie though. It’s just too complicated to even begin to understand, especially if you have a couple of different sized drones, ect. I might try an E-Scooter instead? They look fun and less restrictions, appart from illegal on the Rd and pavement but cops don’t do Frak all when they see them anyway. 👍

  33. Juan Marko on December 29, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    So im guessing you will be making a walkthrough video on how to register your MINI or any drone on DECEMBER 31st?

  34. David H Bedenham on December 29, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Greetings from Cyprus Sean. I have already been informed by the local training company (when asked about the new EASA regulations) that ‘Cyprus CAA may not implement the new EASA regulations, because it is not considered a priority’. I was also informed at Cyprus CAA will not recognize my UK A2 CofC. I guess they are protecting the locals as is usually the case in Cyprus, and ignoring the EU rules.

  35. Scouting Nathan on December 29, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    I have a dji phantom 3 professional. How will this affect me as a hobbyist? Thanks in advance!

  36. Christopher Thom on December 29, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Great videos , you explain everything really well long winded like some others , I am a MM1 owner since May and have used it within the rules , lots of people like my photos and have asked for photos of there properties but as it’s in a built up area I have sadly declined , with the new rules I assume I can fly houses and launch from back gardens without risk and not been 50m away or 150m ( still abiding by the privacy rules of course )

  37. Phantom and the Drone on December 29, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Cheers for the update Shaun, be interesting to see where the new dji mini 2 fits in and if it has the new classifications on it.

  38. Dj Yash on December 29, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Hi I have a dji mavic mini and i use it for hobbie, not payed just like to capture some footage, what will i need to do? register the drone and get some qualification? any thing else? 🙂 thanks for the great content you are providing.

  39. Mr Moon on December 29, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Hi, I have a mavic mini and already registered it got the flyer and operator ID but I’m very confused as to where I will be able to fly it 🤔
    Any advice would be great thanks,

  40. Arturas Zaleskis on December 29, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    They think people as cash 🐮 cow, better D.O.N.T.F.L.Y.I.N.U.K there many countries with nice landscapes so once my previous licence I will be flying in Europe,like Italy or Spain

  41. Arpettaz on December 29, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Since you seem to understand drone rules very well, I have a question (not specific to this video). What are the definitive UK rules on launching a drone from a public footpath or bridleway? One drone flying school seems to think it is perfectly legal to take-off and land on any public footpath or bridleway, so long as there isn’t a byelaw in place and you are following the drone flying rules in terms of proximity of people and buildings. This is the rule I have always followed. What’s your view please?

  42. Darren Meredith on December 29, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you for this. I’ve had my drone sat in a box for nearly a year, as I’m too worried about where and how I can fly it. I’ve got a Mavic Air right now and thinking about swapping to the new mini. Would be great if you could do a video on pros and cons of this. Right now I’m just a hobby flyer, but would like to be able to earn from footage. I nearly sat the PfCO last year, but confused as to what I’d need to do right now in the UK and for travel in Europe (when we are allowed back out). Thank you.

  43. revb0 on December 29, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Is it a done deal then with the CAA?

  44. Len Hartley on December 29, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Sean,
    I have a mavic air 2 which is registered just bought another drone spry3 am I right in thinking my operating ID covers my 2nd drone.

  45. High On You Drone Boy on December 29, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Great video. Sub from me, looking forward to future updates!

  46. Lindsay Heyes on December 29, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Sean, glad you are doing this one because a lot of people will be thinking about drones as Christmas presents very soon – leading to many smashed ornaments in homes all over the UK, and dangerous innovations in the preparation of veg Julienne.

    IIRC the Mavic Mini can be flown under the Drone Code indefinitely if you have no qualification – because it is less than 250g – except that it needs to have both a registered operator and flyer because of the camera.

    Of course qualifications will give a flyer more airspace next year.

  47. Adam Westlake on December 29, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    I’m thinking of buying the DJI mini 2. Looking at the new rules. I’d be able to fly it under A1 without any formal training etc for the foreseeable future? I’d have to register because it has a camera. Is that correct. Do the rules of 500m and line of sight still apply?

  48. G Wal on December 29, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Has anyone flown a drone across the English Chanel ? Just wondering.

  49. Hawksquawks on December 29, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Hi I am currently returning the the hobby, the last time i was active in the hobby was back in 2016, some time before all these laws started to come into play. I recently acquired a DJI phantom 3, I have registered it and got my flyers ID, will i need to pass a £200 test in order to fly it at all?

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